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Human rights groups condemn woman’s stoning sentence

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May 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Human rights group Amnesty International has called on Sudanese authorities to stop the execution a women condemned to stoning for alleged adultery, and release her ’immediately and unconditionally’.

Intisar Sharif Abdallah was sentenced by Judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo at Ombada criminal court in Omdurman on 13 May on charges of adultery, under article 146 of Sudan’s criminal code of 1991.

According to Amnesty International (AI), Intisar ’did not have access to a lawyer during her trial, and was convicted based on testimony she gave after being beaten by her brother.’

Intisar, who has three children, is being detained with her newborn baby and is suffering from psychological distress and does not understand the nature of her sentence, as she has a limited knowledge of Arabic, an AI report stated.

Her age is in dispute with some reports giving Intisar’s age as either 16-17 years-old or 20 years-old. This is significant because, if she is a minor, corporal punishment is illegal under international law.

Also, AI state that, executing someone whose trial has not met international standards is a violation of the right to life, and is therefore illegal, as is the execution of nursing mothers.

The conviction is reported to have been based solely on a confession given after she was beaten by her brother, according to AI and other human rights groups.

AI, urged the government in a statement ’to have the best interests of Intisar Sharif Abdallah’s child as their primary consideration during the judicial process and until she is released’.

Strategic Initiatives for Women in the Horn of African (SIHA Network) released a statement on the case describing the judgment as ’problematic in multiple ways least of all for the application of one of the most brutal forms of corporeal punishment. In addition, the judicial process has been explicitly violated whereby Intisar had no legal representation in court, doubts exist relating to her age and her admission was made following a period of torture and beatings by her brother. Stoning remains a complex process even within fundamental Islamic Sharia sects and it is shocking that the decision was been made so rapidly after a single court session.’

The judgment, according to the SIHA Network, ’demonstrates the scale of discrimination against women and girls in Sudan and the biased judgments made against them for acts which require two parties – a man and woman. It is incredulous that the man with whom she has been accused is able to walk free showing explicitly the strong anti-woman sentiment and harsh management of family disputes that exists within both the Sudanese judicial system and in society.’

SIHA has called on the Sudan Ministry of Justice and other relevant Sudanese government bodies to investigate Intisar’s and overturn the judgment.

The women’s rights group also called on the ’African Union, The Arab League the United Nations and all women/human rights organizations and the international community to intervene to stop this act of brutality.’

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  • 26 May 2012 14:13, by eye-of-an-eye

    NCP is really a group of criminals, Bashir goverment was the only who adobted this evils laws, they are terorist, shame on them specially Bashir, These guys are believing in devil or pig, the world should wash away these evils otherwise they will posion other countries. Bashir has already sponsored thegroups of terorist(Al-shaba,Boko haram,jajeweet,Al-kaeda and LRA) we should stop this evil Bashir

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    • 26 May 2012 16:02, by Abraham Ayom

      Arabs, give your ladies freedom. Let them have boyfriends, let them wear trousers & let them drink beer. How can you punish a women producing children for you to fight war or your country? the judge who made the ruling will die poor.

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  • 26 May 2012 14:39, by DANDHEL

    we tell this fools many times that ( sharia law ) Islam is not a religious.. It is punishment religion by this fake Arabs followers...the only easy way to quit this is by converting to Christianity period..No more stoning to death..no nothing at all..

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    • 26 May 2012 14:56, by never

      16 or 20 yrs old, this is very sad. but if human right can’t get justice on civilians killed by the president of sudan in darfur and blue nile, i wonder how are they going to takecare of this situation. good luck human right body!

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  • 26 May 2012 15:22, by hellonearth

    what is wrong today Sudantribune don’t you have any news?

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  • 26 May 2012 15:28, by I, Myself and Me

    Al Bashir need to be stone to death also because he planned for the death of Zubier and Shamshideen and he took over their wives which is international unacceptable. Criminal nations which judges criminally.

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    • 26 May 2012 16:13, by zulu

      Folks. I dont understand why people go to school and yet the decisions and actions are contrary? These folks abuse women so badly; besides enclosing their feet, faces, hair and even hans, they cut her pussy too. Now where in the world do we find this practice? A thing so beautiful, these Jaaliya tribes missuse. What do we expect.
      Besides, the woman is African as she does not read norspeak arabic.

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