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Sudan bans Female Genital Mutilation and allows alcohol for non-Muslims

Sudan has outlawed the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a big move that be considered a major victory for women’s rights in the country.  

Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari told state television that the country will decriminalise apostasy in addition to banning the FGM.

Sudanese women will also be allowed to travel with their children without having to ask for permission from male members of their families.

Under the new law, non Muslims in the country will be allowed to drink alcohol in private without facing criminal charges.

The ban however remains for Muslims.

Drinking alcohol in Sudan was outlawed in 1983 when the then President Jaafar Nimeiri introduced Islamic law.

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