Target: Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan
Goal: Save the life of a woman condemned to die for marrying outside her nation’s dominant religion
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese national, has been sentenced to death for her marriage to a Christian man. According to the judge, she has committed the crime of apostasy (abandonment of faith) under Sudanese Islamic law. She is an innocent woman, whose crime was no greater than her vow of marriage.
Two years after the birth of her soon-to-be born child, Ibrahim is sentenced to be hanged for leaving a faith which was never hers. She is also sentenced to 100 lashes for the crime of adultery, ostensibly committed with her husband. The couple’s Christian union is not recognized under Sudan’s Islamic law, which criminalizes the conversion of Muslims to other religions. Under the guise of justice, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag was given three days to “return” to the Islamic faith, but she refused, saying Christianity is the only religion she has ever known.
Aside from the very basic injustice of ignoring a person’s freedom to choose her religious beliefs, executing Ibrahim would be a profound human rights violation under international law. Organizations around the world, including Amnesty International and the U.S. State Department, have condemned the court’s ruling. Add your name to this petition and help show the President of Sudan that human rights must be recognized, and this injustice will not be ignored. You can help save the life of an innocent woman by urging Omar al-Bashir to take her life as seriously as her faith.
Dear Omar al-Bashir,
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag is sentenced to be hanged for the crime of apostasy, and to recieve 100 lashes for adultery. This killing would be a violation of international human rights laws, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. If the ruling is not overturned, she will be executed for the “crime” of a faithful marriage union.
Ibrahim and her husband, Daniel Wani, deserve to raise their children and suffer no more than the demoralization and ignominy that has already been heaped upon them. Her faith is not for the court to decide. Forcing her to leave her husband a widower and her children without a mother is a further violation of the basic rights of a family.
Allowing her to spend two years with her soon-to-be child is not a show of mercy or justice. Basic human rights should be protected for everyone, and the denial of them is certainly not under the jurisdiction of Sudan’s penal code. I urge you to overturn her sentences immediately.
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