SUDAN PLANS TO REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY FOR APOSTASY
March 12, 2020:
Sudan plans to decriminalise apostasy this year, a member of a key political group involved in the country's transitional government said. (Sources: albawaba.com, 11/03/2020)
A draft bill proposes repealing the death penalty for apostasy and replacing it with a law criminalising "takfir", or the act of declaring a Muslim an apostate or non-believer, said Mohammad Hassan Arabi, a member of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coordination council. The FFC is a political umbrella group involved in Sudan's transitional government. The death penalty for apostasy "puts freedom of opinion and belief at risk and undermines social peace and stability", Arabi told The Sudan Tribune.
A draft of this year's Miscellaneous Amendments Bill includes the change, he explained.