Non-Muslims Are Now Permitted To Drink Alcohol In Sudan

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Sudanese women can now travel with their children without seeking the approval of a male relative.

The new reforms come after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted from office last year following protests, and according to Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari, all the laws violating the human rights in Sudan will be dropped.

A ban has also been placed on female genital mutilation (FGM).

Also, non-Muslims in Sudan are now permitted to drink alcohol. They are now allowed to drink, import and sell alcohol.

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

The Sudan Tribune quoted   Mr. Abdulbari as saying that non-Muslims could still be punished if they are caught drinking with Muslims.

The minister said the government wants to safeguard the rights of the country’s non-Muslims, who constitute an estimated 3% of the population.

“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.

 For over three-decade, Sudan has imposed very strict Islamic laws, which generated a long-running civil war that eventually led to independence for South Sudan, where the majority of people are Christian or traditionalists.

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