Joint Statement on Sudan by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States
Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on the human rights situation in Sudan, with the Assistance of the Expert
Statement by the Quad members: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America
As read by U.S. Ambassador Michèle Taylor
Human Rights Council – 53rd Session
June 19, 2023
Thank you, Mr. President
I am delivering this statement on behalf of the Quad members: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States of America.
We express our deep concern about the catastrophic human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan. We urge the warring parties to fully respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law and to agree an effective and sustained ceasefire to ensure safe, rapid, and unhindered humanitarian access.
The warring parties must uphold their commitments under the Jeddah Declaration to Protect the Civilians of Sudan. Their fighting endangers the lives, livelihoods, and human rights of the people of Sudan. Many cannot access food, safe drinking water, health care, or reliable information. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable. Sudan’s rich cultural patrimony is at risk.
The Quad stands by the people of Sudan at this difficult time. We implore the warring parties to resolve their differences peacefully, protect civilians, return to an inclusive political dialogue process, and intensify coordination with Sudanese civilian stakeholders, who must be the authors of their country’s future.
I thank you.