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.
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