Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death when she was eight months pregnant, charged with apostasy and adultery in Sudan. Meriam refused to renounce her Christian faith and judges in a court in Khartoum sentenced her to death by hanging and 100 lashes for being married to a Christian man. Meriam has protested that she is a Christian and witnesses who came to support her in court from another part of Sudan were prevented from giving evidence.
The Judge in the courts in Khartoum declared that “we gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death.”
Last Tuesday, she gave birth to a baby girl, Maya, with her legs still shackled in prison. Meriam is nursing her new born baby along with her 20 month old son in horrific conditions uncertain of her future.
According to Islamic law, the death sentence will not be enacted for two years after she has given birth. However, the punishment of 100 lashes could be carried out as soon as her baby is born.
We urge the Sudanese government to release Meriam immediately and overturn this abhorrent and heinous sentence. Over a million people globally have condemned this sentence and backed Amnesty International’s campaign to have her freed.
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