GOVERNMENT MUST ANSWER QUETIONS ON DARFUR PROGRESS – BRAKE

14/07/2004

Liberal Democrat International Development spokesman, Tom Brake MP, today posed a number of questions relating to the continuing humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan to the Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn MP.

The questions related to the claims made by the Foreign Office that the Government of Sudan had begun to disarm the Janjaweed militia, who were responsible for carrying out a systematic policy of ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region.

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The questions were as follows:

“How many of the Janjaweed militia have currently been disarmed?”

“How many weapons have been collected from them?”

“How many of them have been charged with human rights abuses?”

“What measures are being put in place to ensure that the elements of the Janjaweed militia that have been incorporated into the Sudanese army and local police force do not continue to commit human rights abuses?”

The Minister did not have answers to these questions at hand, but will be investigating these issues and replying to the questions in due course. Tom Brake MP will also be putting these and other questions to the Minister in an official letter. Read more

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