07/21/2020 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday, July 12th, Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari announced that Sudan is reforming and rejecting the laws violating human rights.
In April 2019, Sudan endured weeks of revolutionary protests against President Omar al-Bashir. After weeks of rioting, Christians and Muslims celebrated the military overthrow, paving the way for religious freedom and human rights reforms. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appointed several new cabinet ministers, fired the corrupt police chief and criminalized female genital mutilation (FGM). A humiliating action that over 87% of Sudanese women have experienced, according to the United Nations.
The Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok stated the following, “We are keen to demolish any discrimination that was enacted by the old regime and move toward equality of citizenship and a democratic transformation.”
Further reforms include the Miscellaneous Amendments Act, approved in April, which allows Sudanese women to travel with their children without a male’s permission. Also, the prime minister repealed a public order law restricting women’s behavior and dress code repealed in November.
Concerning the Church, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) requested the government return confiscated church property, compensation for destroyed churches, and appoint community-chosen minority faith members to the Ministry of Religious Endowments. In March, Sudan ordered the removal of state-appointed church oversight committees, likely the first step in church property restoration. The WEA has also called for the inclusion of Christianity as a school subject alongside Islam in the Sudanese public school curriculum.
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