Target: President Omar al-Bashir
Goal: Don’t sentence woman to death for converting to Christianity and marrying Christian man
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag is a Christian, born and raised by her mother. But the Sudanese government considered her Muslim because of her father. Because she wed a Christian, under Sudanese law she committed adultery and apostasty by converting to Christianity, and is sentenced to 100 lashes and death. Her husband is a Sudanese man with U.S. citizenship, who lives in New Hampshire. He has flown back to his country to try to save his wife.
Recently Ishag’s story caught the world’s attention when the courts read her sentence. The Islamic court did not consider Ishag’s marriage to Daniel Wani to be legitimate and thus said she committed adultery. She was then sentenced to receive 100 lashes. She was also guilty of apostasy for converting to Christianity, and would be hanged. The woman is eight months pregnant and thus the court decided to delay the punishment until she gave birth.
The United States has since condemned the Sudanese court’s ruling, and both the White House and State Department demanded that the Sudanese government uphold human rights. Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is also asking Secretary of State John Kerry grant Ishag political asylum.
While Ishag’s death sentence can be repealed, the idea that she could be sentenced to death for her religion violates human rights. Ishag should be free to marry whomever she wants and practice whatever religion she wants. The Sudanese court has no right to punish her for this and the sentence should be immediately revoked. You can help her plight by signing this petition.
Dear President Omar al-Bashir,
Recently, you sentenced a Sudanese woman by the name of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag to 100 lashes and death because she had sex with a Christian man and married him. While your court considers her to be Muslim, she is actually Christian and it appalls me that your court deems it acceptable to punish for her for her conversion.
Punishing people for their religion violates human rights. Also, punishing people for who they marry is another gross violation. You have enraged many countries with this ruling, especially since she is pregnant. You are making this a very traumatic pregnancy for this woman, and she may even have fears that you will harm her baby.
I am writing to demand that you revoke this sentence at once. Your country should be standing by human rights, not abusing them.
[Your Name Here]
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