Editorial: Public Order Controversial Law

In his meeting last Wednesday with the media outlets leaders in the Guest House, President Al Bashir has acknowledged that a controversial Public order law and the country’s deteriorating economic situation had fuelled anger among youths leading protests.
He said that the controversial public order law was one of the reasons fuelling the anger.
We wrote in Sudan Vision several editorials on the Public Order absurd law and its impact in reflecting tarnished image about Sudan.
Activists say the decades-old law targets mainly women, often accusing them of indecent dressing and immoral behaviour.
As a result, even where provisions of the Public Order Law are not expressed in gender specific terms, women are the core targets for the application of ill-defined moral standards.
Hefty punishments including fines and jail terms are imposed on women found guilty under the legislation.
It is a good omen that the President said that he will personally sit with the concerned officials to review the wrong application of the Public Order Law articles.
We urge the President to remove articles 152 and 154 from the said least to determine the indecent dress to avoid any wrong practices from the police towards the females.
Sudan is classified as one of the countries that violate the women rights and that is because the wrong application of the Public Order Law.
According to some Sudanese women’s rights groups more than 15,000 women were sentenced to flogging in 2016.
Activists say that under the law nearly every gathering of Sudanese men and women, whether in public or private, can be a police target.
The Public Order Law employs oppressive tools that have a deep damaging impact on women, girls, families and societies.
It alienates Sudanese values and hinders their development
We call on the government to review and lift all the gender discriminatory codes in Sudan Public Order Acts.
Thank you Mr. President and we hope that the concerned authorities take urgent measures to review the articles and the application of the Public Order Law.
All concerned institutions should offer assistance to the Government in the processes of Public Law Reform.

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