Christian woman in Sudan faces death sentence

“The fact that a woman could be sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is abhorrent and should never be even considered. ‘Adultery’ and ‘apostasy’ are acts which should not be considered crimes at all, let alone meet the international standard of “most serious crimes” in relation to the death penalty. It is a flagrant breach of international human rights law.”

Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher
Wed, 14/05/2014

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese, was convicted on charges of ‘apostasy’ by a Khartoum court on Sunday and was given three days to recant her faith or face a possible sentence of death.

She was also convicted of ‘adultery’ on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan is considered void under Shari’a law as practiced in Sudan, and is likely to be sentenced to up to 100 lashes.

Meriam was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood. She was arrested and charged with adultery in August 2013 after a family member reportedly claimed that she was committing adultery because of her marriage to her Christian South Sudanese husband. The court added the charge of apostasy in February 2014 when Meriam asserted that she was a Christian and not a Muslim.

She  is eight months pregnant and currently in detention with her 20-month-old son.

Amnesty International demands that she should be immediately and unconditionally released, Amnesty International said ahead of the ruling expected tomorrow.

More information on this issue here.

Post submitted by Jacob.

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