Sudan will allow non-Muslims to eat alcohol and strengthen ladies’s rights, together with banning feminine genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister stated late on Saturday, in a reversal of just about 4 a long time of hardline Islamist insurance policies.
About 3% of Sudan’s inhabitants is non-Muslim, in keeping with the United Nations.
Alcoholic drinks have been banned since former President Jaafar Nimeiri launched Islamic legislation in 1983, throwing bottles of whisky into the Nile within the capital Khartoum.
The transition authorities which took over after autocrat Omar al-Bashir was toppled final 12 months has vowed to steer Sudan to democracy, finish discrimination and make peace with rebels.
Non-Muslims will not be criminalised for ingesting alcohol in non-public, Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari informed state tv. For Muslims, the ban will stay. Offenders are sometimes flogged below Islamic legislation.
Sudan can even decriminalise apostasy and ban FGM, a observe which generally includes the partial or complete removing of the exterior genitalia of women and girls, he stated.
Girls can even not want a allow from male members of their households to journey with their kids.
Nimeiri’s introduction of Islamic legislation was main catalyst for a 22-year-long warfare between Sudan’s Muslim north and the primarily Christian south that led in 2011 to South Sudan’s secession.
Bashir prolonged Islamic legislation after he took energy in 1989.
Sudanese Christians reside primarily in Khartoum and within the Nuba mountains close to the South Sudan border. Some Sudanese additionally observe conventional African beliefs.
The transition authorities led by Abdalla Hamdok runs the nation in an uneasy coalition with the navy which helped take away Bashir after months of mass protests.
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