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Sudan scraps apostasy regulation and alcohol ban for non-Muslims

After greater than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan has outlined wide-reaching reforms together with permitting non-Muslims to drink alcohol, and scrapping the apostasy regulation and public flogging.

“We [will] drop all of the legal guidelines violating the human rights in Sudan,” Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari mentioned.

A raft of latest legal guidelines have been handed final week however that is the primary public rationalization of their contents.

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Sudan has additionally banned feminine genital mutilation (FGM).

Below the brand new legal guidelines, girls not want permission from a male family member to journey with their youngsters.

The reforms come after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted final yr following large road protests.

Non-Muslims are actually allowed to eat alcohol in non-public, nevertheless the ban on Muslim consuming stays, Mr Abdulbari informed state TV.

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Non-Muslims might nonetheless be punished if they’re caught consuming with Muslims, the Sudan Tribune experiences him as saying.

He defined that the federal government was making an attempt to safeguard the rights of the nation’s non-Muslims, who represent an estimated 3% of the inhabitants.

They’re now allowed to drink, import and promote alcohol.

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“We’re eager to demolish any form of discrimination that was enacted by the previous regime and to maneuver towards equality of citizenship and a democratic transformation,” he mentioned.

The legal guidelines have been initially accepted in April however the BBC’s Mohamed Osman in Khartoum says they’ve solely now taken impact.

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