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Saudi Arabia, UAE, US, UK support ‘justice’ in Sudan

The Sudanese quartet, comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, welcomed the transitional justice conference that opened in Sudan on Thursday, saying it was an “important gateway” to restoring the rights of civilians. Leads the transitional government of the North African country.

The meeting was also billed as a tool to pave the way for preventing impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Ali bin Hassan al-Jafar, Saudi ambassador to Sudan, spoke at the meeting on behalf of the Quartet.

In his speech, Jafar said the meeting was one of the most important stages in Sudan’s political process resulting from the Framework Political Agreement (FPA) signed last December between civilians and the military.

It is worth noting that the Quartet ambassadors were also present.

Jafar believes that the Quartet believes that the issue of “transitional justice” concerns not only Sudan, but also all countries willing to move from dictatorship to democratic rule.

The Saudi ambassador confirmed that the FPA articulates fundamental principles to prevent impunity, especially with regard to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including sexual violence and violence against women.

Since 1989, the FPA has provided for broad participation of stakeholders, families of martyrs and those affected by human rights violations, Jafar said.

Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir had come into power in 1989 following a military junta he led against the elected government of prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.

Jafar predicted the meeting would address questions about dealing with past crimes and how to prevent them from happening again.

Saudi diplomats further affirmed the Quartet’s support for the Sudanese people’s transition to democracy.

Jafar added that a democratic transition is the only way to find a political solution that can help form a new civilian-led government, which is key to establishing democracy in the country.

The conference has successfully concluded a two-day conference and is expected to continue for three more days, closing on 20 March.

It sets out to discuss the different experiences of transitional justice in the world.

Talks at the conference aimed at finding a model of transitional justice in Sudan, bringing justice to victims, ending a history of injustice and adopting a new model of justice to uphold the rights of people who have long suffered from uncertainty and state violence .

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