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  • Minskaya
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    I hope you are right BF, but this was posted one hour ago...

    Sudan Denies Imminent Release of Woman Sentenced to Death for Apostasy

    In addition, Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer, Elshareef Ali Elshareef Mohammed, had this to say:

    "It's a statement to silence the international media. This is what the government does. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison. If they were to release her, the announcement would come from the appeal court, not from the ministry of foreign affairs. But at least it shows our campaign to free Meriam is rattling them. We must keep up the pressure."

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  • Bigfella
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    Hopefully one for the good guys, though I'll withhold popping the champagne corks until she is safely out of jail & preferably the country.

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  • Oracle
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    It's good news coming out from Sudan. All the best to Meriam Ibrahim.

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  • Bigfella
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    This story is a day old, but still relevant. I did wonder what might be going on behind the scenes. Don't know if US pressure had an impact, but I don't doubt it was considerable.

    Despite Sudan's promise to 'protect' Meriam Ibrahim's freedom once she is released, I suspect she will head for the US as quickly as she can.

    American diplomats are “fully engaged” in the heart-wrenching case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death earlier this month after refusing to renounce her Christian faith, FoxNews.com has learned....

    “Through the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, the White House and the State Department, we have communicated our strong concern at high levels of the Sudanese government about this case,” State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson wrote FoxNews.com in an email. “We have heard from many, many Americans that they are deeply alarmed by [Ibrahim’s] plight. We have conveyed these views to the Government of Sudan.”

    International outrage against Ibrahim’s sentence has grown significantly in recent weeks, as more than a million people signed online petitions protesting the sentence. One such effort on Change.org has garnered more than 630,000 signatures as of Friday, and Amnesty International officials have characterized the punishment doled out by a judge to be a “flagrant breach” of international human rights law. It’s also a violation of Sudan’s own Constitution, according to the State Department.

    “We call upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, including one’s right to change one’s faith or beliefs, a right which is enshrined in international human rights law as well as in Sudan’s own 2005 interim Constitution,” Thompson’s email continued. “We call on the Sudanese legal authorities to approach this case with the compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people.”

    U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees U.S. policy in Africa, has called on the African nation to reverse Ibrahim’s sentence immediately.

    “The refusal of the government of Sudan to allow religious freedom was one of the reasons for Sudan’s long civil war,” Smith said in a statement.

    It is not clear what diplomatic pressure the U.S. can bring to bear on Khartoum. Although American taxpayers send roughly $300 million per year in economic aid, the help is largely in the form of food and medicine. Cutting it off would only hurt the people, and not the regime of President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court.....
    US 'fully engaged' in case of Sudanese woman sentenced to die for Christian faith | Fox News

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  • Bigfella
    started a topic Sudanese Woman to be Freed

    Sudanese Woman to be Freed

    Rather than revive the putrid disgrace of a thread where this was last discussed I thought I'd start again. Hoping we can keep it civil this time.

    When I heard that Meriam Ibrahim was going to be given 2 years to nurse here baby rather than being executed shortly after the birth I wondered if something might not be in the works.

    Hard to know quite what has brought this about, but there has been international pressure from a wide range of sources. Good news.

    Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.

    Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.

    Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.

    Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.

    In an interview with The Times newspaper, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the ruling as "barbaric" and out of step with today's world.

    The UK Foreign Office this week said that it would push for Ms Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.....

    On Wednesday, she gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell - the second child from her marriage in 2011 to Daniel Wani, a US citizen.

    The court said Ms Ibrahim would be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the sentence was carried out.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27651483
    Last edited by Bigfella; 01 Jun 14,, 09:52.
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