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Vol 58 No 15

Published 21st July 2017


Sudan

Sanctions test for Trump

The US delays its sanctions decision, handing Khartoum a political defeat and rights activists a moral victory. But for how long?

Washington's deferral for three months of a decision on the 'permanent' lifting of trade sanctions on Sudan was as much about domestic politics and disarray in the White House as any informed policy towards the Khartoum regime. However, a strong and bipartisan group in Congress still opposes any relaxation of sanctions, as do most groups on the 'religious right', a core part of President Donald Trump's support base, as well as among human rights and Sudan campaigners more broadly.

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