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Sudan Is on the Verge of Abolishing the Death Penalty for Apostasy

Mar 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

When Humanists International released its annual “Freedom of Thought Report” in November, describing serious cases of discrimination and persecution against atheists around the world, the nation of Sudan was ranked 187 out of 196. (Saudi Arabia ranked last.) It’s not a place where religious freedom is taken seriously.

One of the reasons Sudan was ranked so low is because apostasy is considered a crime punishable by death. Leaving Islam because you’re no longer religious, then, is a capital crime.

That’s about to change.

The nation recently announced that the death penalty could be off the table as a punishment for “apostasy.”

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