August 20th, 2013
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Responds to our Campaign
In July this year HART created a photo petition entitled Remember Sudan, including a collection of messages from people in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile state as well as from people in Britain wanting to add their voices.
Remember Sudan draws attention to the continued atrocities being committed against civilians by the Sudanese Government. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, injured or killed and their cries often go unheard. The campaign calls on the British Government and the international community to act in order to end these acts: to Remember Sudan.
Earlier this week we received a response to the campaign from the Sudan and South Sudan Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“We share your serious concern about the conflicts in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states and the unacceptable impact they have on the civilian population there. We strongly condemn the use of indiscriminate tactics by either side during this fighting, and in particular the use of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese Armed Forces.
We are actively engaged in international efforts to achieve unrestricted humanitarian access to all areas affected by the conflict.
We believe that to achieve real peace, stability and security a process of reform in Sudan is needed that addresses the needs and aspirations of all Sudanese citizens within an open and democratic framework.”
Baroness Cox said “I commend our intern Megan for the Remember Sudan photo petition and for writing to DFID. I believe it is positive that there has been a commitment to the issues of humanitarian aid whilst the response also highlights the need for Sudan to address central reform issues”
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