Humanitarian organisation Oxfam denied Saturday a report that it had called for sanctions against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, notably exclusion from a summit of European and African leaders.
“Oxfam was in no way associated with this position,” Oxfam’s head of public policy and advocacy Jo Leadbeater told AFP.
Oxfam was included in the call along with human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in a report by Portuguese news agency LUSA cited by Agence France-Presse.
The rights groups reportedly said Bashir should be barred from the summit to be held in Portugal in December, foreign bank accounts held by Bashir and other Sudanese leaders frozen and sanctions applied against the Khartoum government.
Oxfam currently runs a program in Khartoum which helps women support their families. One of Oxfam’s Sudanese staffers workers was killed last year during a carjacking of an Oxfam vehicle in West Darfur.