Sudan scraps apostasy law, allow alcohol for non-Muslims and ban FGM

    13-Jul-2020
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After more than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan Government has decided to scrap laws that had made leaving Islam potentially punishable by death, allow non-Muslims to consume alcohol and ban female genital mutilation (FGM).
 
Sudan Government Humanity 
 
According to the report, Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said, "We [will] drop all the laws violating the human rights in Sudan."
 
The reforms come after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted last year following massive street protests.
 
Alcoholic drinks have been banned in the country since former President Jaafar Nimeiri introduced Islamic law in 1983, throwing bottles of whisky into the Nile in the capital Khartoum. While Islamic tradition forbids the faithful from drinking, Muslim-majority Sudan has a significant Christian minority.
 
The minister also said that Sudan will decriminalize apostasy and ban FGM, a practice which typically involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia of girls and women. According to a 2014 report by the UNICEF, Sudan's FGM prevalence rate is 86.6%.
 
Furthermore, women will no longer need a permit from male members of their families to travel with their children.
 
"No one has the right to accuse any person or group of being an infidel... this threatens the safety and security of society and leads to revenge killings," said Abdulbari, who is part of a Transitional Government that took power after Bashir's ouster.
 
A Constitution adopted for the three-year transition period omits mention of Islam as a defining characteristic of the State.
 
Earlier this month, the Transitional Government had promised major reforms, after thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding greater civilian rule.
 
 
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