Canada Concerned by Crackdown on Protests in Sudan

June 29, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is concerned by the response of security forces to protests that have escalated in Khartoum and other cities in Sudan over the last 10 days.

“We condemn the arrests of bloggers, journalists and political activists that have taken place over the last week and call for their immediate release.

“The Government of Sudan must immediately halt all violence.

“We impress upon the government the importance of carrying out a genuine and inclusive reform process that addresses the true needs and interests of the Sudanese people.”

Canada is a key player in a concerted international effort to foster a just and lasting peace in Sudan and South Sudan. Since 2006, Canada has made significant contributions toward peace, humanitarian assistance, development aid, security and peacebuilding, including through the strategic deployment of military personnel and Canadian police to peace-support operations in both countries.

For more information on Canada’s contributions to Sudan, please consult Canada’s Approach.

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