The husband of a pregnant Sudanese woman has declared his helplessness after
a Sudanese court sentenced his pregnant wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim to death
when she refused to recant her Christian faith.
“I’m so frustrated. I don’t know what to
do,” Daniel Wani declared on Thursday. “I’m just praying.”
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith.
court considers her to be Muslim.
sentenced her to 100 lashes because her marriage to a Christian man is
considered void under Sharia law.
Christian faith – something she has refused to do, according to her lawyer.
representing her said, a sheikh told the
court during Thursday’s hearing, “how dangerous a crime like this is to
Islam and the Islamic community.”
fired back, “and I will remain a Christian.”
which drew swift condemnation from human rights organizations around the world.
pregnant, remains in prison with her 20-month-old son.
very firm. She is very clear that she is a Christian and that she will get out
Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Her father left when she was 6 years old, and
Ibrahim was raised by her mother as a Christian.
considered her to be the same, which would mean her marriage to a non-Muslim
man is void.
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
Ibrahim behind bars and her husband struggling to survive, Elnabi said.
Elnabi said. Lawyers appealed to the judge, but he refused, Elnabi said.
her for all details of his life,” Elnabi said.
a prison from such a young age,” Elnabi said. “He is always getting
sick due to lack of hygiene and bugs.”
said. A request to send her to a private hospital was denied “due to
the Sudanese government waited until the mother weaned her child before executing
any sentence, said Christian Solidarity Worldwide spokeswoman Kiri Kankhwende.
Amnesty International describes Ibrahim as a prisoner of conscience.
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,” Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said
in a statement.
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,” the researcher said.
and Peace Studies said the verdict goes against Sudan’s “own Constitution
and commitments made under regional and international law.”
her religious convictions and personal status,” she said.
government there to reverse course.
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.
approach Ms. Meriam’s case with justice and compassion that is in keeping with
the values of the Sudanese people,” it read.
foreign affairs minister about the Ibrahim case were unsuccessful.
world to be a Christian, according to international religious freedom monitors.
“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.
non-Muslims alike and punishes acts of “indecency” and
“immorality” by floggings and amputations, the commission said.
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.
spreading their faith, razed Christian churches and confiscated Christians’
property, the commission said.
Sudan one of the worst offenders of religious rights, counting it among eight
“countries of particular concern.”
blasphemy and defaming Islam,” the State Department said in its most
recent report on religious freedom, from 2012.
all of which impose strict penalties on Christians or other faiths, are:
Myanmar (also known as Burma), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia
likely to be persecuted worldwide, according to a 2014 report by the Pew
harassed by governments in 151 countries, Pew reported. Islam was second, with
135 countries. Together, Christians and Muslims make up half of the world’s
population, Pew noted.
controversial court hearing, with an anonymous caller telling him to pull out
of representing Ibrahim or risk attack.
yesterday, I live in fear if I just hear a door open or a strange sound in the
of belief and principles,” he said. “I must help someone who is in
need, even if it will cost me my life.”