Sudan Scraps Apostasy Law And Alcohol Ban For Non-Muslims

By 08:50 Mon, 13 Jul 2020 Comments

After more than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan has outlined wide-reaching reforms including allowing non-Muslims to drink alcohol, and scrapping the apostasy law and public flogging.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“We [will] drop all the laws violating the human rights in Sudan,” Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

A raft of new laws were passed last week but this is the first public explanation of their contents.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Sudan has also banned female genital mutilation (FGM).(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Under the new laws, women no longer need permission from a male relative to travel with their children.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The reforms come after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted last year following massive street protests.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Non-Muslims are now allowed to consume alcohol in private, however the ban on Muslim drinking remains, Mr Abdulbari told state TV.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Non-Muslims could still be punished if they are caught drinking with Muslims, the Sudan Tribune reports him as saying.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

He explained that the government was trying to safeguard the rights of the country’s non-Muslims, who constitute an estimated 3% of the population.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

They are now allowed to drink, import and sell alcohol.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“We are keen to demolish any kind of discrimination that was enacted by the old regime and to move toward equality of citizenship and a democratic transformation,” he said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The laws were initially approved in April but the BBC’s Mohamed Osman in Khartoum says they have only now taken effect.(Wapbaze_Copyright)



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