Canada Concerned by Reports of Ongoing Violence in Sudan
OTTAWA, Canada, September 29, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement:
“Canada is deeply concerned by continuing reports of violence that has led to the loss of life and property damage in Sudan.
“Canada condemns the ongoing use of violence to suppress peaceful protest. The rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are cornerstone democratic principles. There are reports of live ammunition fired on protesters, arrests of political opposition members and increased media censorship; such actions are unacceptable.
“Canada calls on the Sudanese government and local authorities to respect protesters' human rights. Canada urges all parties to refrain from violence and allow peaceful expression to take place.
“Canada remains committed to the cause of achieving stability and security across Sudan and South Sudan.”