Sudanese Christians are rejoicing after the apostasy law, which carried a death penalty for leaving Islam, has finally been overturned.
The law also sweeps away long-standing restrictions on freedom introduced under the 30-year regime of former dictator Omar al-Bashir.
In a press announcement, the Sudanese government said the Miscellaneous Amendments Act repeals the apostasy law, protects freedoms and also grants previously forbidden liberties.
Barnabas Fund says the Act repeals the death sentence for apostasy, public flogging and female genital mutilation, giving Christians hope for the future.
The law passed without objection.
A handful of countries have the death penalty for apostasy in their laws, including Iran, Afghanistan, Mauritania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Somalia, but are not known to have carried out a sentence in recent times.
Barnabas Fund has long campaigned against the apostasy law of classical Islam and on behalf of all Muslims who convert to another religion.