Sudan reforms strict islamist law after 30 years

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Sudan reforms strict islamist law after 30 years

After more than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan has reforms it’s rules in wide range, including allowing non-Muslims to drink alcohol, and scrapping the apostasy law and public flogging.

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

Many of the new laws were passed last week but this is the first public explanation of their contents.

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

Sudan has also banned female genital mutilation (FGM).

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

The current government is an uneasy mixture of those groups which ousted Mr Bashir and his former allies in the military, who ultimately staged a coup against him

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

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


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