Sudan: Lords debate

06 January 2010

The situation in Sudan, following new laws passed last month allowing a referendum on independence for the south of the country, will be debated in the House of Lords tomorrow.

The Chief Executive of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, Baroness Cox (Crossbench), will open the debate. Members scheduled to take part include:

  • Lord Judd (Labour), a former Minister for Overseas Development and for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • Lord Avebury (Liberal Democrat), who chaired the parliamentary human rights group for 21 years and has campaigned during conflicts including those in Darfur, East Timor, Tibet and Cameroon.
  • Lord Astor of Hever (Conservative), shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
  • Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), director of the UK Association of Rights and Humanity, who has visited Sudan and reported on events in Darfur.
  • Lord Chidgey (Liberal Democrat), chair of the International Advisory Board for the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit of the European Parliament.
  • Baroness Tonge (Liberal Democrat), former MP and former spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and International Development.
  • Earl of Sandwich (Crossbench), adviser to and former board member of Christian Aid.

Other Members scheduled to speak include the Bishop of Salisbury and Viscount Waverley. Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead will speak on behalf of the Government.

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