OTTAWA, Canada, March 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Sudan, a country with a terrible human rights record, has sunk to new depths of cruelty, having carried out amputations on a man convicted of a criminal offence.
“Canada considers such sentences, a barbaric expression of Sharia law, as cruel and inhumane punishments that are completely at odds with international norms.
“Sudan has recently forced the closure of several civil-society organizations, continues to detain political opposition figures, and is targeting Sudan’s Christian communities in particular.
“We call on those in power in Khartoum to respect the rights of Sudan’s people, to cease its intimidation of civil society and political opponents, and to end indiscriminate bombardments of civilians.”