A pregnant woman has been sentenced to death by hanging in Sudan for “apostasy” because she refused to recant her Christian religion. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for “adultery”, because she’s married with a Christian man, a marriage the Court doesn’t recognise.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim is eight months pregnant and the mother of a 20 months old child who is in detention with her.
A daughter of a muslim father and a Christian mother, was abandoned by her father and raised as a Christian by her mother. But according to the strict interpretation of the Sharia applied by Sudanese President Omar Bashir, children must follow their father’s religion. So for them she’s a muslim and by saying that is a Christian commits apostasy. She says she has always been a Christian and didn’t commit apostasy nor adultery, because she’s married.
Amnesty International has denounced the sentence as “abhorrent”. The organisation “believes that Meriam is a prisoner of conscience, convicted solely because of her religious beliefs and identity, and must be released immediately and unconditionally. The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which includes the freedom to hold beliefs, is far-reaching and profound; it encompasses freedom of thought on all matters, personal conviction and the commitment to religion or belief.”