Enough Project’s Suliman Baldo Testifies before UK Parliamentary Group on
Posted by Enough Team <http://www.enoughproject.org/blogs/enough-team> on
Sep 15, 2016

On September 13, Enough Project Senior Advisor Suliman Baldo testified
before the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan and South Sudan.
This inquiry, *UK-Sudan Relations – Consequences of Engagement*, examined
changes in UK engagement with the Government of Sudan, as well as “the
drivers of these changes and their likely ramifications.” The All-Party
Parliamentary Group (APPG) held this inquiry with the goal of producing “an
independent, balanced, and forward-looking review of oral and written
evidence to inform the appropriate form of UK-Sudan relations.” The inquiry
format allowed government officials, academics, civil society members, and
NGOs from the UK, Sudan, and various other countries the opportunity to
present written testimony. The APPG requested testimony on four topics:
conflict areas, migration and the Khartoum Process, extremism, and
humanitarian issues and human rights.

Enough Project Policy Analyst John Hursh prepared the Enough Project’s written
testimony <http://www.enoughproject.org/files/APPG%20Submission.pdf>, which
urged the UK government to maintain a principled and human-rights driven
approach towards engaging with the Government of Sudan. The testimony also
called for international support for a comprehensive and inclusive peace
process and argues that until the Government of Sudan feels pressure to
participate in these peace processes in good faith, peace will remain
illusory. As noted in the Enough Project testimony: “The Government of
Sudan has succeeded in undermining and manipulating numerous peace
processes because it faces little pressure to act in good faith during
these processes and subsequent negotiations.”

Although conventional peacemaking and diplomatic efforts have not ended
conflict in Sudan, a reinvigorated diplomatic engagement coupled with
targeted financial pressures could move the Government of Sudan to make
meaningful concessions and to reach a lasting peace with its armed and
political opposition. This approach is especially promising as the Sudanese
economy continues to falter due to the government’s mismanagement, thereby
increasing the regime’s vulnerability
to these pressures. Thus, in its written testimony, the Enough Project

[I]ncreasing financial pressure on regime elites and key government
officials can supply this pressure, adding the missing leverage to move the
government to enter negotiations with the aim of compromising to reach
peaceful solutions to the country’s several crises, rather than undermining
these processes and continuing conflict, serious human rights abuses, and a
repressive society that tolerates little dissent.

Enough Project Senior Advisor Suliman Baldo also presented written testimony
arguing “Sudan’s instability and worsening economic crisis are the direct
results of the government’s expensive and brutal wars against its own
citizens, state-enshrined grand corruption, and ill-advised economic
policies.” Baldo called on the UK to use its leverage with the Government
of Sudan to press for “comprehensive and just political solutions for
Sudan’s protracted conflicts and chronic political crisis.” He also called
for the UK to pressure Khartoum to address corruption and to invest more of
its resources towards productive economic sectors rather than “its bloated
military and tribal militia forces.” Finally, Baldo noted that the
Government of Sudan now relies on tribal militias to combat irregular
migration, raising serious risks of international donors assisting these
abusive militias through their support of Sudan’s migration containment

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