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Madam Vice President,
Norway is encouraged by the recent power-sharing deal between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and change. We congratulate the African Union and Ethiopia for their role in mediating the talks. Norway encourages all parties to implement the agreement in good faith and in an inclusive and transparent way.
At the same time, Norway has long been concerned about the human rights situation in Sudan. We welcome the parties’ commitment to conduct an independent investigation of the violence against peaceful protesters on June 3rd this year, when a number of civilians were killed, beaten and assaulted, as well as subjected to sexual assaults and arrests. The Sudanese people have the right to peaceful demonstrations and the perpetrators of June 3rd must be held accountable.
Norway looks forward to work with the transitional government in Sudan to secure fundamental human rights, freedom of expression and assembly, access to internet and to organize free and fair democratic elections in 2022. We must use this opportunity to build a peaceful, stable and democratic Sudan with the full respect for human rights that the Sudanese people bravely have fought for