Sudan moral policing law, Government dissolves al-Bashir’s former.

Sudan’s government on Friday overturned a moral policing law that criminalised wearing revealing clothing and drinking alcohol, and dissolved the country’s former ruling party, fulfilling the two key demands of pro-democracy protesters. “This law is notorious for being used as a tool of exploitation, humiliation & violation of rights,” PM Abdallah Hamdok said in a tweet.

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“I pay tribute to the women and youth of my country who have endured the atrocities that resulted from the implementation of this law.”

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The Public Order Act was first passed in 1992 by al-Bashir’s Islamist government and enforced only in the capital, Khartoum, before being applied nationwide four years later. The law criminalised a wide range of individual behaviour, including revealing clothing and drinking alcohol. Those convicted of violating the act could face prison sentences, fines, lashing and confiscation of property.

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