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. 

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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:

http://www.citizengo.org/en/7415-save-meriam

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.

http://www.citizengo.org/en/7415-save-meriam

52 responses to “Meriam still needs our help”

  1. Carolyn Krebs says:

    I ask that you release Meriam and her 20 month baby, she has done nothing wrong! You say she has choice but you are punishing her for her choice.

  2. Ingeborg Gowans says:

    This is an urgent issue and should not be delayed any further. What a crime to humanity and this person in particular. may this no longer be ignored and justice found for this woman whose only crime is to profess Christ.

  3. Kim Famolaro says:

    +JMJ
    We should pray to St. Joan of Arc for her intercession on this matter. A saintly woman who herself suffered martyrdom for the faith. She can continue her mission from heaven and beg God for His mercy for Miriam and her family. There are so many saints we can call upon and should do so unceasingly!!!St. Joan of Arc pray for Miriam, all you holy angels and saints pray for Miriam. Holy Mary Mother of God please be a Mother to Miriam and her babies who need you so much right now!!!

  4. PhDr Ivana Kultová says:

    You Muslims do say permanently Your God, Allah, is merciful and compassionate. Please do show it in practice and release Meriam with her babies! In the world´s eyes, You underline the importance Islam attaches to the family life. Well, show it in practice and let Meriam with her children go home in freedom and be with Meriam´s husband and her children´s father, Daniel Wani!According to it what Your American Embassy has proclaimed this case remains a legal issue and not a religious one. Well, according to it Meram and Daniel have married each other quite legally and that´s why Meram is no adulteress; and that´s why the fact that Meriam´s biological father (but not a real one and not a moral one because he abandoned his family)was a Muslim is irrelevant in this case; this way, You don¨t have the right to convict Meriam for any offense against Islam because it is no religion of her.
    Or – by neglecting the truths I have mentioned – do You want to show to the world Your religion, the Islam, is untrue and mendacious? Do You – Your Government, Your State – want to be despised by all decent people in the world? Do You want to have economical sanctions introduced against Your country?
    Don´t forget please that Isa – also a son of a Meriam whom You call a prophet in Qur´an – said in his Gospel (Matthew 7:2 – New International Version): “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” What will You say when You stand God´s Trial?

  5. Geoffrey Hill says:

    1. The low priority given to those crime against humanity by the US government and the UN is shameful.
    2. The Sudanese government statement is inherently flawed, and self contradictory.
    3. The Sudanese government has revealed itself to be inhuman.

  6. David Buck says:

    It’s alarming that Meriam’s case isn’t receiving more attention in the West and in the United States in particular. Let us pray for her and for all Christians in Sudan that they remain strong in Christ and aren’t cowered by brutality and barbarism.

  7. Sanda Zenko says:

    Let Meriam be a good wife and mother, regardless of religion, have the right to choose, as her ​​children have a right to be raised by their parents!

  8. Dr. Hans Schieser says:

    DISAPPOINTED by the lacking action of the President Obama:
    why does he not intervene? This is an American Citizen and his wife!

  9. Mircea Mitrofan says:

    The blood of these inocent people is on the hands of all who make them suffer or who, having a responsability to intervene, fail to do so. God will hold you accountable.

  10. Anton B says:

    We have no right to punish with the life.
    The life’s` Lord is only the Almighty God.

  11. michael young says:

    Perhaps those who are responsible for Meriams , torture,imprisonment and murder will be held responswible and should they ever leave Sudan they will be arrested and tried for torture and Murder.

  12. solomon enadeghe says:

    why should somebody be sentence to death just because of her faith? does she not have the freedom of worship? when i personally look at islam and those who practice the tradition they have brought more evil and harm to the society, islam has become a religion of no retreat once you are initiated then is a cult and evil, if i was a muslim ignorantly,looking at the case before hand, i will retreat my faith

  13. Emma says:

    I am utterly appalled by what I read. How can this be happening in today’s society. Freedom of speech and freedom of choice appears to only endanger the life of this woman. Are we living in the dark ages? Humankind must prevail. Let this innocent woman and her children go. I cannot understand how any country could take this sort of barbaric action. It is a heinous crime.

  14. Wilbur J. Matthews says:

    I thank God for christians like Meriam who stand for the living God.I am praying for Meriam and her new born baby girl that her faith will remain strong.

  15. Dr Sichel says:

    There is only One God, and Miriam has chosen Him — now she must be freed of the evil that is an abomination, man-made and devilish. Those Sudanese who are dreafully hurting her must be brought to justice, and one day – on that Day of Judgment, they will face an angry God unless they repent. Make no mistake God does not lie and He knows your wickedness — but He would have all men to repent. While there is time, – change your plan — it is a fearful thing to fall into the Mighty Hand of the One who loves – but will not change your evil ways. .

  16. marie says:

    This horror will go down in history as the saddest and most vile decision ever made against an innocent hardworking family and tiny children. How opposite of God’s love can anything be?

  17. Kevin says:

    how sad the USA Government is slow taking up the case of one of the wife of one of it’s citizens.
    If only JFK was still around.

  18. Ken Gouws says:

    This totally unacceptable, we are praying that God will intervene, and the meantime I pray that they free her

  19. Tedros says:

    im against the sudanst sharia disucion on meriam

  20. Elizabeth Hitchens says:

    i strongly request that in all humanity, you release Meriam Yehya. Have mercy on this Lady who only wants to follow her Christian Faith. Freedom of religion is a human right. I pray that God will touch your hearts in His Divine Mercy, and that Love will overcome your intolerance.

  21. joy chipchase says:

    As God said to Pharoah through Moses “Let my people go”
    So we would say “I AM has sent us to say Let Meriam Ibrahim and her children go”

  22. Norma and peter Robinson says:

    I urge you all in Sudan, eo release Merian, her .20 month old son, and newly born baby IMMEDIATELY. This is inhuman. She has not committed any crime. As human beings, for the sake of humanity, RELEASE this helpless woman and her children. Please ensure that she is reunited with her husband, her childrens Father.

    Thank You. Norma and Peter Ley Robinson

  23. Set Meriam Free Please, immediately. Release her and her two children. THANK you. J Ley

  24. Stuart Wilson says:

    Please spear the life of this mother who has made A religious choice to change her religion.

  25. I am absolutely appalled, sickened and in utter disbelief of the barbaric ways of the Sudanese Government. Meriam legally nor religiously has NOT committed any crime. As a human being I am demanding and begging at the same time for the release of Meriam, her 20 month old baby and her newborn, for they are all innocent people. The American Embassy needs to, should already have demanded and been there to witness the release of Meriam and her babies. The Consulate, Not Interested, do not care about this case, they don’t have time!!! There are no words to express what I am thinking nor to express how heart broken I am for this family. I can’t express the disappointment and thoughts of the United Nations for letting this atrocity happen, let alone continue. I am not a political person, nor have I used the proper wording, I’m sure. But I know that I am understood.

  26. robert millar says:

    The Sudanese must release this innocent lady whose only crime is that of choosing to become
    a Christian. This only demonstrates how violent a religion Islam is and how tolerant Christianity is. I would encourage all leaders to put pressure on Islamic states to show tolerance to those of other faiths.
    R Millar

  27. kathy french says:

    This is evil and barbaric behaviour. If we read about this in the 12th century Uk we would still think it is barbaric.
    Please release this poor woman and her childern as she has done no wrong, she is simply believing in her faith

  28. Chris Graham says:

    This needs to be stopped. Someone needs to help this woman and her child!

  29. “…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…” [Meriam’s husband, Daniel Wani, a US citizen]

    …Likewise, this statement utterly confuses me. The Sudanese government says that Islam is a peaceful faith with similar foundations to Christianity and emphasizes freedom of choice in both religions. Yet, it does not honour Meriam’s choice. Imprisoning and shackling a pregnant woman, even during the birth process is not peaceful, it is violent.

  30. LISA RIEBEL says:

    This statement was released by the Sudanese Embassy …? ” Freedom of choice is the cornerstone of both Islam & Christianity” … If there’s any truth to that, then Christians & Islamists both need to demand that be honored here. The treatment of this woman, & the outright denial of her rights, ought to make amyone from ANY religion, outraged ! Please do what is only right, & do what needs done to free this woman.

  31. Emma Rourke says:

    This is an outrageous abuse of human rights, we should not rest until this young wome and her new baby and 20 month son are released safely and guaranteed safety. this is inhuman, regardless of any religion, and just completely evil.

  32. Emma rourke says:

    We should not rest until pressure has been bought to bear on the Sudanese government for the violation of this woman and her children’s human rights regardless of religion or choice. this is outrageous and must be stopped and this brave woman and children safe release guaranteed.

  33. Jitka Marková says:

    I urge the exemption Meriam and their children from prison. I am shocked at the lack of freedom in your country. Meriam is innocent.

  34. Dr. Hans Schieser says:

    We are most disappointed that President Obama does not help this citizen and his wife.
    The United States used to care for their citizens whenever there was a need. And now???

  35. Corrie Adamthwaite says:

    Do not punish her for a crime she did Not commit.

  36. Mirjam says:

    But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

  37. Marina Coelho says:

    Please pray Psalm 94 for Meriam’s deliverance. While she waits on Christ she may have grace, patience, courage and strength.

  38. stu webster says:

    Are Allah and the prophet Mohammed happy when Moslems imprison and torture people, and threaten them with death to make them believe and follow the ways of Islam? Does that make Allah or Mohammed happy. I don’t think so. We are all God’s children and need to love and respect one another as God loves and respects us. The treatment of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and her childen is damaging to Sudan, Islam, and work for peace around the world. They should be freed immediately.

  39. HETTY LOMBARD says:

    MERIAM IS FREE TO CHOOSE THE RELIGION SHE WISHES TO PERSUE! HOW DARE A WOMAN WITH CHILD
    AND PREGNANT GET A DEATH SENTANCE FOR THE RELIGION SHE BELIEVE’S IN AND TOTALLY INNOCENT
    AT THAT! COME ON YOU GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND PRESIDENTS, MIGHTY PEOPLE….. DO YOUR
    JOB AND GET THIS WOMAN RELEASED WITHOUT FURTHER BARBARIC TREATMENT!!!

  40. Marek Radzikowski, Dr. says:

    Both Miriam and her husband are medical doctors. The Quran does mention how Christians and Jews (people of the Book) should be treated well by Muslims. This is especially so for believers of other faiths with a good education who can help others of any faith through their humanitarian work. If her life is saved, she can through her medical knowledge save the lives of other Sudanese people, which is good for Sudan. If you truly believe that Islam and Christianity share similar roots, then please strongly consider the words of Isa (Jesus), who, to the woman caught in adultery, first said to other who were”Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, and then ”See, there is no one to condemn you. Neither do I condemn you; go in peace.”

  41. Marek Radzikowski, Dr. says:

    (second corrected version)
    Both Miriam and her husband are medical doctors. The Quran does mention how Christians and Jews (people of the Book) should be treated well by Muslims. This is especially so for believers of other faiths with a good education who can help others of any faith through their humanitarian work. If her life is saved, she can through her medical knowledge save the lives of other Sudanese people, which is good for Sudan. If you truly believe that Islam and Christianity share similar roots, then please strongly consider the words of Isa (Jesus), who, to the woman caught in adultery, first said to other who were trying to condemn her: ”Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, and then ”See, there is no one to condemn you. Neither do I condemn you; go in peace.”

  42. Ludek Stipll says:

    I pray that God will touch your hearts. Not hatred and murder of an innocent person, but love, respect and tolerance is the way to peace on Earth

  43. Steven Sukar says:

    If it’s fear of death that stops people from denying a religion, ask your self a simple question, why are these people (Miriam and similar) wanting to leave. For a supposedly peaceful religion, practice what you preach and learn forgiveness…
    We’re all going to die some day, I wish my death will be as inspiring to others as Miriam’s.
    God have mercy on her soul, let your will be done, Amen.

  44. Oyera Joy says:

    Is there freedom of expression in this world any more? Let that lady go. It’s her right to choose what is right for her and her baby.Meriam and her baby are innocent. Are you thinking of Religion or life? There is only one creator and everyone believes in him.Look at that innocent angel in jail,please release them.

  45. Sue Ulmer says:

    Only God has that choice to take a life not people.
    “Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Thou shalt not kill”
    People should also have freedom of religion.
    Women should also have the same rights as men do no matter where they live.

  46. Susan Blocker says:

    Is this the way our government here in the USA feels about Christian Americans also? What is the matter with us? We have no regard for human life? No we don’t or we wouldn’t have (legally)aborted
    over 57 MILLION babies here in America alone since the mid 1970’s. So now our government & the United Nations is showing they have no regard for Christians, those who are alive. This is an atrocity and something needs to be done about it. President Obama and the United Nations WILL be held accountable before God whether they believe it or not and so will the Islamic government. Mariam as a US Citizen has not committed any crime so why aren’t we getting her & her family out of there? To me this is just a sign of what is in store for us Christians in America with the governing officials that keep electing into office. God help us.

  47. COREAN DAVIS says:

    THIS IS SO HORRIFIC…HOW DARE YOU PLAY GOD BY DECIDING THIS WOMANS FATE..EVEN GOD HIMSELF GIVE EVERY INDIVIDUAL THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE..BUT NOW, DONT’T THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT GOD WILL NOT REPAY YOU FOR YOUR INJUSTICE TOWARDS MERIAM.YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW. IF I WERE YOU I WOULD LEAVE GOD’S PEOPLE ALONE.

  48. Joan Hampson says:

    It seems the US Government is happier to strike a questionable deal with the Taliban for the release of Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl than to lift a finger for the innocent wife and children of a US citizen held by a brutal and intolerant regime. Christians have become fair game in this world and are unlikely to get help from their godless rulers unless it suits their political interests. But there is a God and he will judge at the appropriate time. Meanwhile, we must pray now for Meriam having acted by giving our fullest support to the petition for her release.

  49. Gloria Peacget says:

    I pray for this dear woman daily and whenever I think of her and pray to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ do do a miracle for this poor woman and her two children; let us pray that the government will change its mind and release this poor faithful woman to freedom with her precious two children and do it immediately.,

    The government of U.S.A will be held accountable if they do not intervene and all America will suffer for it; let us pray that they will repent and got to do something immediately.

  50. Mr.Jacob Newforchaird says:

    Some muslims are just talking, that they disagree with this situation and say, that Koran allows this “convertion” to Christanity if Meriam’s father left her during her childhood and she was rised in christian family.
    However is looks like muslims do nothing against this lawlessness.
    They do not call for releasing Meriam, they are not signing a petition.. they are hypocritical!
    One who does not stand against an injustice is guilty too!
    Meriam must be released!

  51. DiS. Darina says:

    I want to save Meriam!!!

  52. GORDON DICK says:

    Release all of those who are involved. I think that the Sudanese Government has no right to put to death a Christian.

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