Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
- Plymouth’s Sudanese community marched on Luke Pollard MP’s office to discuss human rights violations in Sudan
- Anti-government demonstrations in Sudan have resulted in violence with protestors banned
- Labour MP promised to lobby Foreign Secretary on their behalf to stop the violence
On Sunday, one hundred members of Plymouth’s Sudanese community visited local Labour MP Luke Pollard’s office to hand in a letter raising their concerns about increasing human rights violations and violence taking place in Sudan.
Plymouth has a large, active Sudanese community. Leaders from the community said they are becoming increasingly concerned about violence and serious civil unrest in Sudan. Protests began in December as a result of corruption, poor economic performance, and government brutality.
Recently in Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir has resigned his leadership position and left power with his deputy Ahmed Harun. The changing political climate in Sudan has created uncertainty and anxiety for many Plymouth residents with friends and family in Sudan. Meanwhile, the government’s violent response to protesters has escalated.
After receiving their letter and hearing their concerns, Luke Pollard MP has promised to question the Foreign Secretary about efforts to support peace and protect human rights in Sudan.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“Plymouth is a dispersal city for asylum seekers and refugees, and we are proud to welcome people from around the world to our city. The Sudanese community is strong and proud of their links not only with Plymouth but with Sudan. I am always happy to hear directly from the people I represent.”
“I will do all I can to push the UK government to fight against human rights violations all over the world. As promised, I will contact the Foreign Secretary and ask for action to be taken in Sudan to stand up for human rights.”