The urge for change in Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who has most recently been faced with the death sentence now faces a new charge.

Earlier this year Ibrahim was arrested for apostasy and adultery. In Sudan not only is it illegal to denounce your Muslim religion, but the Sudanese government also charged her with adultery due to her husband being a Christian.

Another shocking factor was that Meriam Ibrahim was almost due to give birth when she was shackled and taken to prison. Meriam Ibrahim was given the chance to deny her faith and be released, but she refused to do so, and so was sentenced to death.  Emily Murdoch, World Religion News (Source)

Luckily, a petition for her freedom was introduced and stable-minded people joined in.

Before we start applauding the Sudanese government for their cooperation however, Ibrahim was detained trying to leave the country with her family after release.

The official word from the government of Sudan is that she and her family have not been arrested and their safety is assured. Emily Murdoch, World Religion News (Source)

Obviously there is still great need for reform in Sudan, but a transition from charging people with the death penalty for such crimes as apostasy and adultery, to being detaining in order to examine travel documentation is a small start.

-AB

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  2 comments for “The urge for change in Sudan

  1. June 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Small start. Crazy that in 2014 people can still be charged for apostasy.

    • June 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Yes, very small start. Sad to see that we still haven’t outgrown such barbaric practices..

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