AFRICA/SUDAN - "The condemnation of Mariam Yehya Ibrahim is a direct persecution of Christians " say the Sudanese Christian Churches

Monday, 2 June 2014

Khartoum (Agenzia Fides) - The death sentence of Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian woman accused of apostasy, is a "clear and direct persecution of Christians in Sudan". This was denounced by the Christian churches in Sudan gathered in the Sudanese Council of Churches (SCC). In a statement sent to Fides, the SCC asks for the annulment of the judgment of conviction and the immediate release of the woman. Churches recall that the sentence violates Articles 31 and 38 of the Interim Constitution and point out that Sudan signed the International Charter of Human Rights which provides for freedom of religion and conscience. Ms. Ibrahim is accused of apostasy and adultery, and in addition to the death sentence is likely to also suffer scourging with 100 lashes (see Fides 26/05/2014). The woman, eight months pregnant at the time of imprisonment, has given birth to a baby girl in prison. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 02/06/2014)