Sudan Bans FGM, Allows Non-Muslims to Drink Alcohol

In an effort to strengthen women’s rights, Sudan’s Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari has announced that female genital mutilation (FGM) will be banned throughout the country, and women will no longer need a permit to travel. Non-Muslims will also be allowed to drink alcohol in private.

The relaxation of alcohol rules is major turnaround from nearly 40 years of hardline Islamist policies. The United Nations reports that some three percent of the population is not Muslim.

Muslims are still banned…

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