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A Sudanese christian woman sentenced to death for her religious choice. What can we do?

andrea on May 16th, 2014 | 5 comments

A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, to hang for apostasy – the abandonment of her religious faith – after she married a Christian man.

What are the facts?

According to the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), the woman is the daughter of a Muslim Sudanese father and an Orthodox Ethiopian mother. Meriam was raised in the Christian faith. But since the father is Muslim, Sudanese law considers her a Muslim too.

The judge asked her to give up her faith: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” she answered “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”

“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 following the sentencing.

“Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law,” he added.
In a brief statement on Tuesday, European diplomats underlined Sudan’s obligation under international law to defend and promote the freedom of religion.

What can we do as a community?

We are more than 120.000 on Facebook’s Divine Office Page, and we are one of the biggest community of prayer on the web. We have the great opportunity to help her.

3 concrete actions we can take

The greatest think we can do is to pray for Meriam, as many people, of every confession, are doing around the world.

We can let her story be read and known by the maximum number of people sharing this post and the news about her.

We, and our contacts on Facebook and social networks, can sign this petition. We are more than 120.000, plus our friends and contacts, our voices can be so loud that cannot be ignored, but the only way to be listen is to sign and share.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/government-of-sudan-don-t-execute-8-months-pregnant-mariam-yehya-ibrahim-for-being-christian

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