Sudan pregnant woman facing death by hanging for being married to a Christian (since 2011)

Photo credit BBC News

One of the most shocking stories I’ve heard:

Amnesty International’s Press Release:

The decision of a Sudanese court to sentence a heavily pregnant Sudanese Christian woman to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and flogging for ‘adultery’ is truly abhorrent said Amnesty International today.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is eight months pregnant and currently in detention with her 20-month-old son. Her death sentence was handed down this morning after she refused to renounce her religion.

Read more here –

CNN News – Read the lengthy reporting / article here –

This week a Khartoum court convicted his wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith.

Ibrahim is Christian, her husband said. But the court considers her to be Muslim.

The court also convicted her of adultery and sentenced her to 100 lashes because her marriage to a Christian man is considered void under Sharia law.

The court gave her until Thursday to recant her Christian faith – something she refused to do, according to her lawyer.

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, a sheikh told the court „how dangerous a crime like this is to Islam and the Islamic community,” said attorney Mohamed Jar Elnabi, who’s representing Ibrahim.

„I am a Christian,” Ibrahim fired back, „and I will remain a Christian.”

Her legal team says it plans to appeal the verdict, which drew swift condemnation from human rights organizations around the world.

In the meantime, Ibrahim, who is eight months’ pregnant, remains in prison with her 20-month-old son.

„She is very strong and very firm. She is very clear that she is a Christian and that she will get out one day,” Elnabi told CNN from Sudan.

Ibrahim was born to a Sudanese Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Her father left when she was 6 years old, and Ibrahim was raised by her mother as a Christian.

However, because her father was Muslim, the courts considered her to be the same, which would mean her marriage to a non-Muslim man is void.

The case, her lawyer said, started after Ibrahim’s brother filed a complaint against her, alleging that she had gone missing for several years and that her family was shocked to find she had married a Christian man.

Katherine Perks with the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies said the verdict goes against Sudan’s „own Constitution and commitments made under regional and international law.”

„Meriam has been convicted solely on account of her religious convictions and personal status,” she said.

Foreign embassies in Khartoum are urging the government there to reverse course.

„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, a right which is enshrined in international human rights law as well as in Sudan’s own 2005 Interim Constitution,” the embassies of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Netherlands said in a statement.

„We further urge Sudanese legal authorities to approach Ms. Meriam’s case with justice and compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people,” it read.

Under President Omar al-Bashir, the African nation „continues to engage in systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief,” the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said in its 2014 report.

The country imposes Sharia law on Muslims and non-Muslims alike and punishes acts of „indecency” and „immorality” by floggings and amputations, the commission said.

„Conversion from Islam is a crime punishable by death, suspected converts to Christianity face societal pressures, and government security personnel intimidate and sometimes torture those suspected of conversion,” said the commission, whose members are appointed by Congress and the president.

The Sudanese government has arrested Christians for spreading their faith, razed Christian churches and confiscated Christians’ property, the commission said.

Since 1999, the U.S. State Department has called Sudan one of the worst offenders of religious rights, counting it among eight „countries of particular concern.”

„The government at times enforced laws against blasphemy and defaming Islam,” the State Department said in its most recent report on religious freedom, from 2012.


Sudan: Femeie gravida (8 luni) condamnata la moarte pentru ca s-a casatorit cu un crestin in 2011

Photo credit BBC News

Dragi cititori: Sa ne rugam pentru Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, care pe langa faptul ca e condamnata la moarte pentru ca e casatorita cu un crestin (si ea fiind crestina din copilarie), pe deasupra, judecatorul a condamnat-o pe femeie si la 100 de lovituri de bici pentru adulter, ca urmare a faptului ca legea islamica nu valideaza mariajul ei cu un crestin. Doamne ai mila de copiii tai care sufera in mod groaznic. Meriam este gravida in a opta luna!!!!!!  Iar, Amnesty International raporteaza ca si copilul ei de 1 an si 8 luni este incarcerat cu ea. Sotul ei este in carucior si pana acum a fost complet dependent de Meriam pentru toate. Iata raportul de la BBC News: 

O femeie din Sudan a fost condamnata la moarte prin spanzurare pentru ca a renuntat la islam si s-a casatorit cu un barbat crestin.

Potrivit BBC, judecatorul i-a acordat femeii trei zile ca sa se razgandeasca si sa revina la religia musulmana. Sentinta a fost data duminica, iar joi expira termenul pana la care aceasta poate reveni la islam.

Pe langa pedeapsa capitala primita pentru ca si-ar fi renegat credinta, judecatorul a condamnat-o pe femeie si la 100 de lovituri de bici pentru adulter, ca urmare a faptului ca legea islamica nu valideaza mariajul ei cu un crestin.

Femeia, pe nume Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, a declarat in sala de judecata ca a fost crescuta in spiritul credintei ortodoxe, religia mamei ei, chiar daca tatal sau era musulman. Ea sustine ca nu a imbratisat niciodata credinta islamica din cauza ca tatal ei nu i-a fost alaturi in copilarie.

Activistii de la Amnesty International au condamnat sentinta primita de femeia din Sudan ca fiind una „odioasa”. Totodata, ambasadele statelor occidentale si activistii pentru drepturile omului au facut apel la autoritatile din Sudan sa respecte dreptul femeii de a-si alege confesiunea.


Another face of persecution in Sudan – Christians lose their citizenship


Sudan (Photo credit: USAID_IMAGES) is reporting that 2,300 Christians have been evacuated from southern Sudan and that 1,500 more are yet to be rescued.

South Sudan became independent in July 2011 under a 2005 peace agreement which ended decades of civil war but the neighbors have yet to resolve a long list of disputes. Al late as April 2012, the two countries’ armies skirmished over a border oil area, raising fears they would plunge back into a full-scale confrontation, like the civil war Sudan’s north and south fought for more than two decades before a 2005 peace deal.

south-sudan-map2Rebellions in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, which remained within Sudan’s territory after the July 2011 secession of South Sudan, and also insurgents in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, are still stoking the chronic instability that has plagued Sudan since its independence from Britain in 1956.

This has pitted groups on the periphery of the nation against a central Arab governing political elite in Khartoum whose critics say has marginalized many of Sudan’s peoples.

The Southern Sudanese Christians have lived in the north part of Sudan for decades, but weeks after Southern Sudan seceded, they were stripped of their citizenship and asked to leave.

The Khartoum government reportedly says that that people in Sudan whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were born in South Sudan, and those who belong to any Southern ethnic group, „are nationals of that country.”

Barnabas Fund said it fears a massive exodus could trigger a humanitarian emergency at a time when both Sudan and neighboring South Sudan face difficulties.

„Despite the end of the long civil war and independence of South Sudan, Christians in both nations continue to suffer grievously,” explained Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of Barnabas Fund. also reports: „South Sudan is taking the strain as hundreds of thousands of people flee from [Sudan’s] President Omar al-Bashir’s ongoing brutal campaign to Islamise and Arabise Sudan completely,” he told BosNewsLife in a statement.

English: A village in South Sudan

English: A village in South Sudan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It comes as the young state of South Sudan faces a major food crisis as drought has ruined crops, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

Nearly five million people in South Sudan could suffer from food insecurity in 2012, with an estimated one million in severe need, according to UN estimates.

The country’s resources are also strained by the arrival of refugees from clashes in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, adjacent to newly-independent South Sudan.

Around 185,000 people have fled to South Sudan and Ethiopia to escape the ongoing aerial bombardment of civilians by the Sudan Armed Forces, Barnabas Fund said.

Pray for our brothers and sisters, as they are forced to leave their homes and move elsewhere.


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