WASHINGTON, May 25, 2014 – American’s need to keep their eyes on Sudan, which is facing international outrage for sentencing a pregnant woman to be whipped and then hanged for adultery and apostasy. All Americans need to stand up and voice their disgust, and demand aggressive advocacy, for Meriam Yahya Ibrahim. Her case is being appealed to the high court of Sudan and without international outrage, her sentence may not be revoked.
Ibrahim is a 27 year old woman with a degree from Sudan University’s school of medicine. She married national Daniel Wani, who became a US Citizen in 2005 after leaving Sudan in 1998. Wani met Ibrahim in 2012. Martin, the couple’s toddler son, is also being held in prison with his mother, who is being kept shackled at more than eight months pregnant. Legitimate concerns are that she is not getting proper medical care.
Wani’s brother Gabriel is saying that she is experiencing bleeding, not getting proper nutrition and that, as she had a difficult delivery with her first child, she needs enhanced medical care. The Sudanese are being pressured by world governments, the UN and human rights groups who are all demanding the immediate release of Ibrahim and that both her death sentence and her sentence of 100 lashes be overturned.
People across social media have called for the US to intervene and for the release of Dr. Ibrahim.
Hillary Clinton, instead of demanding action from Kerry and Obama, expresses her slacktivism outrage via Twitter.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim’s death sentence is abhorrent. Sudan should stop threatening religious freedom and fundamental human rights.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 24, 2014
While Americans urge others to sign a White House.gov
Petition: We ask that the president of the United States of America use appropriate means to urge the government of Sudan to rescind the death penalty against Dr. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim for converting to Christianity. Sudanese courts have ruled that she is subject to death by stoning; however, she has been given 3 days to repent and convert to Islam. Mariam is married to a Christian man, has one child (20 months old), and is 8 months pregnant with her second child. We also ask that the president offer Dr. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim and her family (husband, child, and baby) political asylum and residence within the United States of America. The governments of the UK and the EU have condemned the Sudanese court’s decision. It’s time to stand in unity.
And others encourage louder voices to lend their voice to the fight to free Dr. Ibrahim:
Ibrahim was arrested after a Muslim relative claimed her marriage to a US citizen was invalid, and thus adulterous, because Wani is a Christian leading to the charge of apostasy. However Ibrahim was raised a Christian as her Muslim father left her and her. Her lawyers have lodged an appeal against the sentence, which may be heard in Khartoum this week.
It is important that the US speak up. That Kerry speak out. That President Obama condemns the actions of Sudan and provides Ibrahim, her unborn child and her son amnesty in the US with her husband.
Amnesty International is saying that the Ibrahim and her 20-month-old son, Martin, has been kept in prison, in harsh conditions, since February. Ibrahim has been told that her execution will be deferred for two years to allow her to deliver and then wean her baby, however the punishment of 100 lashes will be carried out shortly after birth. Daniel Wani has travelled to Khartoum to try to secure the release of his wife and son stating that Ibrahim is being denied medical treatment. This last monday Wani was allowed his first visit with his wife and son, who is an American Citizen by birth. The Sudanese refuse to release the child to his father’s care, who they call an infidel, because of his Christian faith.
According to Human Rights Watch, article 126 of Sudan’s criminal code says a Muslim who renounces Islam is guilty of apostasy, punishable by death, unless the accused recants within three days. While Foreign Ministry spokesman Abu-Bakr Al-Siddiq said: “Sudan is committed to all human rights and freedom of faith granted in Sudan by the constitution and law.” the inhumane, barbaric actions of this Sudan court state otherwise.
Other statements and actions of support for Ibrahim include:
The UK government has summoned Sudan’s chargé d’affaires in London to the Foreign Office to hear its “deep concern”.
“This barbaric sentence highlights the stark divide between the practices of the Sudanese courts and the country’s international human rights obligations. The Sudanese government must respect the right to freedom of religion or belief,”. Mark Simmonds, Foreign Office minister.
US senators Kelly Ayotte and Roy Blunt have called on secretary of state, John Kerry, demanding for “immediate action and full diplomatic engagement to offer Meriam political asylum and secure her and her son’s safe release”. Jen Psaki, US State Department spokesperson said on Wednesday the US was “deeply disturbed” by the case and called on Khartoum to respect the right to freedom of religion.
The Canadian and Dutch governments have also expressed concern. “We are concerned about the physical and mental wellbeing of Ms Ibrahim, who is in her eighth month of pregnancy, and also of her 20-month-old son, who is detained with her at the Omdurman women’s prison near Khartoum, reportedly in harsh conditions,” said Rupert Colville of the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva.
“The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion, is appalling and abhorrent.” Amnesty International “The verdict is contrary to commitments Sudan has made in its own Constitution and commitments made under regional and international law; Meriam has been convicted solely on account of her religious convictions and personal status,” said Katherine Perks with the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies.
“We call upon the government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, including one’s right to change one’s faith or beliefs,’ the embassies of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands said in a joint statement.”
“The embassies urged Sudanese legal authorities ‘to approach Ms. Mariam’s case with justice and compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people,'” Aljazeera. “Mrs. Ibrahim should be released immediately and all charges dropped. This case and the sentencing are a travesty for religious freedom and human rights in Sudan.” U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom chairman, Dr. Robert P. George
“Canada is shocked and appalled by the decision to impose a sentence of death for apostasy and of 100 lashes for ‘adultery’ in the trial of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Christian mother expecting her second child,” said Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Dr. Andrew Bennett.
I encourage you to personally denounce the sentencing of Mariam Ibrahim as cruel and inhumane, to demand her release, and to use the diplomatic influence of the State Department to advocate for this most fundamental human right, the freedom of religion and belief. – Letter to John Kerry from Dr. Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent,” Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said in a statement.
“Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law.” Source: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/70900.htm © Pravoslavie.Ru
No pouty faced First Lady holding a card, or official statement of condemnation from either the State Department or White House. The only statement, urging Sudan to be human, found from the White Houses, from NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Sentencing of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag in Sudan is:
Today in Sudan, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag was sentenced to be flogged for adultery and to be hanged to death for apostasy because she married a Christian man. We strongly condemn this sentence and urge the Government of Sudan to meet its obligations under international human rights law. We call on the Government of Sudan to respect Ms. Ishag’s right to freedom of religion, a universal human right enshrined in Sudan’s own 2005 Constitution as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Since 1999, Sudan has been designated as a Country of Particular Concern for its ongoing, egregious, and systematic violations of religious freedom. We continue to urge Sudan to fulfill its constitutional promise of religious freedom, and to respect the fundamental freedoms and universal human rights of all its people.
— Janet Tanton (@JanetTanton) May 25, 2014
Write or call the Embassy of Sudan and politely request that they release Dr. Ibrahim and her son, at:
Embassy Of The Republic Of Sudan
2210 Massachusetts Ave
And call the White House to demand that President Obama speak out against Dr. Ibrahim’s treatment in Sudan and to request she being given a visa to travel to the US with her child(ren) immediately.
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