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