Target: President Omar al-Bashir
Goal: Praise decision to allow woman who was sentenced to death because of her religion to be freed and reunite with her family
A previous petition on ForceChange had urged President Omar al-Bashir to revoke Meriam’s death sentence. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese mother, had been sentenced to a vicious flogging and death unless she recanted her Christian faith. During the time she was arrested, she was eight months pregnant but had given birth in prison, where she stayed with her newborn and two-year-old son. Ibrahim was charged with adultery since her marriage to a Christman man from South Sudan was illegitimate due to Shari’a law, which is punishable by a hundred lashes. Her other charge includes abandonment of religion, which is punishable by death.
Meriam is the daughter of a Muslim man and a Christian woman but was raised Christian after her father left. Sudanese law, however, states that children born to Muslim fathers are also considered Muslim.
After world leaders UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US Secretary of State John Kerry as well as communities around the world spoke out against Meriam’s imprisonment and plenty of media coverage to spark conversation about women’s rights and religious freedom around the world, she has been released from prison. The Sudanese appeals court ordered her release after months of awaiting execution and after millions of people protested to save her life. Photos of Meriam and her family arriving safely in Italy have surfaced, spreading joy and relief to many international supporters.
Please sign this petition to praise Meriam’s release from prison and the overturning of her death sentence.
Dear President Omar al-Bashir
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim did not deserve to suffer her prison time with her children while waiting for her execution. She was publicly shamed and persecuted for her religious preference, which is a violation of human rights. Now, she has finally been freed and her life was saved thanks in part to public outcry and the ruling of the appeals court.
Meriam’s story sparked a worldwide debate about religious freedom and women’s rights, and her story will continue to inspire everyone to always take action to protect human rights. Thanks to the voices of the public and the internet, an innocent woman and her children have been freed from prison and will be able to live their lives safely. Thank you for saving Meriam.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jesse B. Await via Wikimedia Commons
Original petition: Don’t Sentence Woman to Death Based on Her Religion