A 27-year-old woman, who is eight months pregnant, has been sentenced to death in Sudan for converting to Christianity from Islam, sparking protests in a country already riddled with social strife.
Mariam Yahya Ibrahim had been ordered to give up her newly-adopted Christian faith by Thursday and return to Islam.
Judge Abbas Khalifa asked Ibrahim whether she agreed to return to Islam. After she said, “I am a Christian,” a charge of apostasy was declared and the death sentence was handed down, according to judicial sources, quoted by Reuters.
“We gave you three days to recant, but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” the judge told the woman, AFP reported.
The woman had also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man.
Amnesty International immediately condemned the sentence, calling it “abhorrent.” The organisation said the woman was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.
Outside the courthouse, around 50 people protested the decision, holding placards that read “Freedom of Religion.”
Islamists celebrated the court decision, chanting “God is Great.”
Sudanese activists condemned the decision and called on the Sudanese government to uphold the freedom of belief for all people.
“The details of this case expose the regime’s blatant interference in the personal life of Sudanese citizens,” Sudan Change Now Movement, a youth group, said in a statement.
The embassies of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands released a common statement expressing “deep concern” about the court proceeding, urging the North African country of almost 31 million people to respect the religious freedom of its citizens, AFP reported.
The high-profile case comes at a time of severe economic and political hardship for the government of President Omar Hassan Bashir, which suffered a major setback in 2011 when South Sudan, the country’s main oil supplier, seceded and formed its own sovereign state.
Amid the grinding economic downturn, Bashir ordered stringent austerity measures that prompted violent protests that led to the deaths of dozens of people.
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Eireann Emerald 17.05.2014 05:18
Emily Namayanja 17.05.2014 00:48
That is abuse of humans I was born with a Muslim mumy and Christian dady and some of my sis and brothers Muslim and some were Christian Amuslim or Christian we have the same blood
This is not about race, it’s about your beliefs. Death for apostates. Islam calls for abuse of women (read your Quran), Christianity puts women on a pedastal. If you cannot understand why the WORLD is horrified over a PREGNANT women is sentenced to death because left Islam, I hate to say it, but that would mean that you were taught to be a Muslim. You cannot defend – ever
Hiran A Hichez 17.05.2014 02:11
Your mom and your dad do not represent the majority of Muslims in the world. Don’t you read the news? Everywhere is the same. How many more people have to die in the name of Islam for people to realize it is a dangerous religion.? “Allah is great” is their way to celebrate their brutality.
Hiran A Hichez 17.05.2014 02:00
Argen Tino 16.05.2014 20:34
So you support the most barbaric cult on earth just because they hate Americans? My goodness! That’s completely f**king insane and retarded.
Hey lol you could not have found better words to describe exactly what I think about this person wow good job! Some people around the world hate is because they envy us, knowing the US is the most powerful nation on earth. Also because the US keep retards like this animal from abusing others. THE US KEEPS THE BALANCE OF RESPECT AROUND THE WORLD! GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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