Stop Religious Persecution and Execution of Pregnant Woman


Target: Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Sir Nigel Rodley

Goal: Ensure the safety of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim and condemn the Sudanese government for inhumane religious persecution.

Daniel Wani travelled to Sudan from the United States in order to make an appeal to the Sudanese government. His wife, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, who is 27 and eight and a-half months pregnant is sentenced to death by hanging and flogging. According to the Sudanese government, she broke Muslim Sharia law by leaving behind her Islamic faith and marrying a Christian. Her 20-month-old son is considered Muslim and his father is not allowed to be near him.

Wani’s wife and son are being held as prisoners. “Her feet are shackled. Her legs are swollen,” says Tina Ramirez who is the executive director of Hardwired, a United States advocacy group for religious persecution. The fact that a woman is even held prisoner for her choices, religious or not, is ludicrous.

“Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law,” said Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher. Even more significant was Ibrahim’s statement when speaking to an Islamic judge. She calmly stated, “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”

The Sudanese government is in breach of international human rights law and should not be allowed to persecute its citizens based on religion. We live in a time where all citizens should have the freedom to choose their religious beliefs and not live in fear of persecution and death. Sign the petition to demand that justice be served and that Marian Yahya Ibrahim Ishag be released and allowed to return to her family immediately.


Dear Chairperson Sir Nigel Rodley,

The sentence that the Sudanese Government has given to Mariam Ibrahim is one that violates international human rights law. Ibrahim is eight and a half months pregnant and has not committed a crime. The government says that she has violated Sharia law by leaving her Muslim faith and marrying a Christian man. Ibrahim’s parents were Christian and Muslim but Ibrahim was raised as a Christian after her Muslim father left her.

She is sentenced to death by hanging and flogging. This type of punishment is inhumane and primitive. No human should have to endure that type of torture because of her religious choice. Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, has traveled to Sudan from the United States to appeal to the government but they will not hear it. He is not allowed to even care for their 20 month old son who is imprisoned along with Ibrahim who is shackled by her ankles and suffering through her pregnancy.

Please take action and stop the Sudanese government from unlawfully condemning its citizens to religious persecution. Religion should be a choice and no one should have to suffer for what should be their natural right to believe.


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Photo Credit: Remi Jouan via Wikipedia Commons

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