Meriam still needs our help
Your help is still needed for Meriam Yehya Ibrahim — the 27 year old Sudanese Christian —who was sentenced to death by hanging for her faith.
On the CitizenGO platform — Over 164,000 people have signed a petition standing up for Meriam, her 20 month old son, and her unborn baby — but based off the silence from the Sudanese Government, US Government, and the United Nations, that is not nearly enough.
Will you help us add to that number?
In a recent statement, Meriam’s husband, Daniel Wani, a US citizen, has expressed his disappointment over the lack of urgency on the part of the US authorities to help his wife:
“Considering I am an American citizen, I am disappointed with the American Embassy’s position from the beginning of the whole case. At the start of the issue, I reported it to them but they didn’t take much interest, particularly the consulate. They said they didn’t have time. In fact last time, they said they didn’t care much about the case. They came late – they intervened when they saw the issue was getting press attention – but the intervention was late.”
It is clear that they need our help more than ever.
Together, we must send a clear message to Navi Pillay, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, and Christopher Rowan, Deputy Chief for the US Embassy in Sudan: time is short, defend Meriam!
If you have not already done so, you can sign the petition here:
In an attempt to pretend that they have done nothing wrong, the Sudanese Embassy in the United States released this statement:
“This case remains a legal issue and not a religious or a political one. It is unwise and dangerous to politicize the issue at hand to spur religious tension between the two peaceful faiths with similar foundations. Notably, It is important to emphasize that freedom of choice is the cornerstone of both Islam and Christianity.”
This statement has me utterly confused…
When is shackling an eight months pregnant woman to the wall, her only charges stemming from the fact that she is a Christian, furthermore — forcing her to recant her faith — telling her that she will die if she does not deny Jesus and accept Islam — not a religious issue?
Not to mention that the Sudanese Government is holding her 20 month old son hostage with her.
This case is the definition of religious persecution. They are denying this woman life if she does not convert to their religion — and denying her life as she knows it if she does!
If this were really a legal issue, which it is not (by any stretch of the imagination), the Sudanese government would still be in violation of several human rights treaties.
One which applies directly to the UN Human Rights Commission, Section 6.5 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Sentence of death shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below eighteen years of age and shall not be carried out on pregnant women.
All religion aside, seems like the shoe “legally” fits too!
Together with Personhood USA, help us tell the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to intervene. This nightmare for Meriam and her family has truly reached the level of unthinkable.