Sudan has abolished the death penalty for gay sex as part of a series of human rights reforms in the east African state.
The Sovereign Council of Sudan amended article 148 of the Penal Code, which banned same-sex relations and prescribed the death sentence, as part of a series of widespread human rights reforms which also included a ban on female genital mutilation, public flogging, and the stoning of 'apostate' who leave the Islamic faith.
Despite the removal of the capital punishment for LGBT people, same-sex sexual relations will remain outlawed and punishable with up to seven years in prison.
Currently, same-sex relations carry the death penalty in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Yemen, and capital punishment remains an option in the UAE, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar, Brunei and northern Nigeria under Sharia law.
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