November 28, 2019 / 11:35 PM / 13 days ago

Sudan repeals public order act used to regulate women's behavior: minister

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan on Thursday repealed a law used under former President Omar al-Bashir to regulate women’s dress and behavior and punish those found to contravene it with flogging, Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdelbari said.

The law as deployed to impose conservative Islamic social codes, restricting women’s freedom of dress, movement, association, work and study. It had been widely criticized by local and international human rights groups.

Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Sandra Maler

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