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Sudanese woman sentenced to death for religious beliefs gives birth in prison

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May 27, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – A 27-year-old Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death for her religious views earlier this month has given birth to a baby girl in prison.

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Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani pictured on their wedding day

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim’s husband and legal team have reportedly been denied access to the new mum, who gave birth early Tuesday at Omdurman Women’s Prison, where she is being held in custody with her 20-month-old son. Amnesty International said it had no information on her condition as yet.

Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy and adultery on 11 May, with a Khartoum court sentencing her to death by hanging at a later hearing on 15 May after she refused to recant her faith and return to Islam. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for committing adultery as her 2012 marriage to husband Daniel Wani – a South Sudanese-born Christian man – is considered invalid under Sudan’s Islamic Shari’a law.

Despite being heavily pregnant, reports emerged that Ibrahim has been constantly restrained in shackles in her cell since her sentencing, a practice commonly used on prisoners who have been sentenced to death.

It’s expected that Ibrahim will be allowed to nurse her child for two years before the sentence is carried out.

Amnesty said Ibrahim’s lawyers have confirmed that an appeal has been lodged against the conviction and have indicated that they are prepared to take the case to Sudan’s Supreme Court and Constitutional Court if the appeal proves unsuccessful.

Ibrahim, who was raised in Eastern Sudan’s Gedarif state, was born to an Ethiopian Christian mother and a Sudanese Muslim father, who was largely absent from her childhood.

She was arrested in 2013 after a relative reported her to authorities for adultery, with an additional charge of apostasy, which is defined as the act of renouncing one’s religion, brought against her in February after she asserted that she was not a Muslim.

The sentence has sparked international condemnation, with US senators urging secretary of state John Kerry to personally intervene on Ibrahim’s behalf and offer her political asylum.

The UK government, meanwhile, has labelled the sentence “barbaric”, while UN human rights experts described the conviction as “outrageous”, saying the right to marry and start a family was a fundamental human right.

There has also been an outpouring of public sympathy for Ibrahim’s plight, with more than 660,000 people signing a petition by Amnesty International calling for her immediate release.

Amnesty says treating adultery and apostasy as criminal offences is inconsistent with international human rights law.

Sudan’s population is predominantly Muslim, but there is a Christian minority, particularly in the southern region.

While executions for apostasy are rare in Sudan, many people have had their charges dropped or convictions overturned after recanting their faith.

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  • 28 May 00:53, by Akol Liai Mager

    Poor and unlucky child to be born and orphanaged by the Devil Islamic Evil-men. It’s unlucky to be born in this part of the world which is spoiled by man-made desert rules. May God Jesus Christ prevent the execution of the Mother. Lord Jesus, may you hear my prayers to protect my family and rescue the world from Islam and the killer in-chief of South Sudan? Amen!

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  • 28 May 06:59, by jubaone

    Congratulations for the birth of your baby girl. God Bless you all. South Sudan is proud of you. You are a truly a symbol of defiance, resilience and steadfastness. We will call that girl "Rereka" in Bari to be jailed, or "Nyeadeke" dont attempt.As for you Dr. Wani be strong and never waiver like the Supiri river.

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    • 28 May 07:17, by Malou Manyiel

      Jubaone,
      I seconded the name you have given in Bari. Please go to the media and let that name be mentioned. No matter how long she will stay in prison, Meriam will remain as a symbol of our religion. Meriam, you are our wife, and all South Sudanese are proud of you. Keep our baby girl "Nyeadeke" safe!!! Our prayers are with you..

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  • 28 May 08:26, by Big Boy

    Dear all
    Send them more of the foreign aid, at the end of the day you also helped to create these divisions in Sudan. As for the women. She is great and courageous. My prayers are with her.

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  • 28 May 08:32, by Big Boy

    Cont.
    Would the people who have the power to save this poor woman, please do it . NOW. The Dr.food-lover mr Riak pokes its nose into everyone business why are they not helping this young couple? It’s a disgrace..

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    • 28 May 09:10, by jubaone

      Big Boy,
      Riak has nothing to with this except only to express his personnal opinion. Worse is the silence of GoSS under Kiir who should have come officially to rebuke this barbaric act by these moslem criminals. I thought he was a believing Catholic or perhaps is he a religous bigot?

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  • 28 May 14:24, by Marco A. Wek

    Islam was supposed to be a good religion but the way most Muslims practice it makes it a satanic religion. Look what do we hear good associated with islam but killings and threats of killing. Jalaba and Mohammed Ali, what is wrong with you people? Look how quite you guys are but when you hear the ills of other people, you are the first one to comment. Are you people so sick that you don’t see

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