Sudan will allow non-Muslims to eat alcohol and strengthen girls’s rights, together with banning feminine genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister stated late on Saturday, in a reversal of virtually 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 regulation 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 now not be criminalised for consuming alcohol in personal, Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari advised state tv. For Muslims, the ban will stay. Offenders are usually flogged underneath Islamic regulation.
Sudan can even decriminalise apostasy and ban FGM, a follow which generally entails the partial or complete elimination of the exterior genitalia of women and girls, he stated.
Ladies can even now not want a allow from male members of their households to journey with their kids.
Nimeiri’s introduction of Islamic regulation was main catalyst for a 22-year-long struggle between Sudan’s Muslim north and the primarily Christian south that led in 2011 to South Sudan’s secession.
Bashir prolonged Islamic regulation 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 army which helped take away Bashir after months of mass protests.
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