HL Deb 19 January 1995 vol 560 cc52-3WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What information they have about the reported arrest, detention and torture of successful candidates, their agents and known supporters in the local elections held in Atbara, Sudan, in the week beginning 12th December 1994, and the arrest for political reasons of others in Juba in the first week of December 1994; and whether, in view of the Sudan government's refusal to allow the United Nations Rapporteur, Dr Gaspar Biro, to enter the country, they will suggest that an investigation of these reports be conducted by a non-governmental organisation acceptable to Khartoum.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey

Her Majesty's Embassy in Khartoum have received reports of unrest last October in Atbara and the arrest of civil servants in Juba. The human rights situation in Sudan, and Dr Biro's mandate, will be raised at the 51st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights which begins on 30 January.