Success: Court Releases Woman Sentenced to Death

Omar al-Bashir

Target: Sudan President Omar al-Bashir

Goal: Praise the Sudanese government and courts for releasing Mariam Yahya Ibrahim and dropping all charges against her in response to international outrage

In May of 2014, a 27-year-old woman named Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was arrested in Sudan, charged with adultery and apostasy, and sentenced to death. Her crime? Marrying a Christian man, American Daniel Wani, and becoming a Christian herself. There have been a growing number of apostasy charges in recent months, but most of the accused preserve their lives by recanting their new faiths.

When she was arrested, Mariam was 8 months pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl while imprisoned. Her arrest and subsequent sentencing sparked international outrage and prompted many governments and even more private citizens to condemn Sudan’s actions and call for Ibrahim’s release.

This ForceChange petition is just one of many that appeared on the internet almost overnight, demanding that she be released and all charges against her be dropped. People demanded response from the government of Sudan, and from human rights organizations all over the world. As of today, our demands have been answered.

On June 23, 2014, Ibrahim was released from prison and all of the previous charges against her have been dropped. Her lawyer, Mohaned Mostafa, reports that she has already been released and moved to a safe house, where she was reunited with her husband and children. They have not returned home because her family has been threatened in the past and all parties were concerned that someone may attempt to do her harm in the wake of her release.

Sign this petition and help us thank the Sudanese government for fixing this blatant human rights violation before it cost a young woman her life.


Dear President Omar al-Bashir,

A great human rights violation was being perpetrated in your country. A young pregnant woman named Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was arrested and charged with adultery and apostasy simply for being married to a man who was not a practicing Muslim. Her sentence, death by hanging and flogging, would have been one of the most awful examples of religious persecution in the modern age.

Thankfully, this wrong has been righted and we wish to thank you and your government for the release of Mariam. She has been reunited with her family, including the infant daughter which she gave birth to in prison. Hopefully, this is the first step toward the end of religious persecution, both in Sudan and around the world.


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