Death penalty for a prisoner of conscience – the Meriam Yehya Ibrahim case

Times are indeed changing and at times in ways we just cannot fathom. A heavily pregnant woman was forcibly removed with her toddler from her husband -based on the fact that she was married to a Christian and denounced her origin religion, Islam. As I write this she is in the midst of common criminals awaiting her death sentence!

Background Information

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was arrested and charged with ‘adultery’ in August 2013 after a family member reportedly claimed that she was committing adultery because of her marriage to a Christian South Sudanese man. Under Shari’a law, as practised in Sudan, a Muslim woman is not permitted to marry a non-Muslim man and any such marriage is considered ‘adultery’. The court added the charge of ‘apostasy’ in February 2014 when Meriam asserted that she was a Christian and not a Muslim. According to Meriam, she was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.

Now, Meriam is being held in detention with her 20-month-old son. She is expecting her second child next month. She needs medical care and the support of her family, but if her conditions don’t change she will give birth in prison.

Sudan won’t hang Meriam while she is pregnant. The Criminal Code states that she must give birth first, and nurse her child for two years before her execution can go ahead. If Sudan does execute Meriam after this period, they will leave two young children motherless, as well as taking away Meriam’s right to life.

No date for her execution has yet been announced.

100 lashes for marrying a Christian

Meriam was first arrested in August last year because her husband is Christian. Under Sudan’s Sharia law, marriage between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man is illegal, and constitutes adultery.

One of her relatives had claimed that Meriam was committing ‘adultery’ for marrying outside of Islam, and reported her to authorities. But Meriam identifies as Christian – while her father is Muslim, he was absent during her childhood and she was raised Orthodox Christian by her mother.

On 15 May, the court ruled that the allegations of ‘adultery’ stood, and agreed that Meriam should face 100 lashes for being married to a Christian.

Flogging constitutes torture, and should never be used as a punishment. Moreover, ‘adultery’ is not a crime that should be punishable by the courts.

The Sudanese Criminal Code formally includes Shari’a law, including Article 126, which states that “(1) Whoever propagates the renunciation of Islam or publicly renounces it by explicit words or an act of definitive indication is said to commit the offence of Riddah (apostasy). (2) Whoever commits apostasy shall be asked to repent within a period decided by the court and if he insisted on his apostasy and was not a new convert he shall be punished with death. (3) Punishment for apostasy lapses if the apostate refrained from apostasy before the execution”. Article 146 on the ‘Penalty for Adultery’ states that “(1) Whoever commits the offence of adultery shall be punished with: (a) execution, by lapidation [stoning], where the offender is married; (b) one hundred lashes, where the offender is not married.”

There have been no known cases of people executed for ‘apostasy’ in Sudan since the 1991 Criminal Code was enacted, but many have had their charges dropped or convictions overturned after recanting their faith.


Source 1
Source 2

Amnesty UK have received tremendous support and we can only keep the momentum going, below are the details to contact specific government officials within the Sudanese administration directly as I have done:

Minister of Justice
Mohamed Bushara Dousa
Ministry of Justice,
PO Box 302 Al Nil Avenue
Khartoum
Sudan
Email: moj@moj.gov.sd
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ali Ahmed Karti
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box: 302, Republic Street
Khartoum
Sudan
Fax: 00249 183 772941
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:
Minister of Interior
Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed
Ministry of Interior, PO Box 873
Email: mut@isoc.sd

Also copies should be forwarded to:

His Excellency Mr Abdullahi Hamad Ali El Azreg, Embassy of the Republic of Sudan, 3 Cleveland Row, St James’s, London, SW1A 1DD
Fax: 020 7839 7560
Tel: 020 7839 8080
Email: http://www.sudan-embassy.co.uk (Contact form on website) / admin@sudan-embassy.co.uk

The email address for the Sudanese embassy is permanently down so I copied their Media Counsellor Dr. Khalid Al Mubarak (only email available on official website): khalid.mustafa@sudan-embassy.co.uk

My email to the Minister of Justice:

Subject: Release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim

Your Excellency,

I write in relation to Meriam Yehya Ibrahim.

We are all human beings first and as a fellow human being I ask you to look upon Mrs Ibrahim with compassion.

Religion should never be a used as a weapon of destruction but rather as a mechanism for peace – from my understanding Islam translates to ‘peace’. If the name of your religion is in actuality a symbol of peace then the actions planned against Mrs Ibrahim disrupt this notion and go against the true meaning of the very same religion you believe should be upheld.

The world respectfully pleads with you to release this innocent woman – as a human being we have the right to select a faith in which we are spiritually fulfilled. You cannot justify your actions toward Mrs Ibrahim as protecting Islam due to the simple fact that religion should never interfere with one’s free will.

Please release Mrs Ibrahim
to her husband – allow her to be the wife and mother God in heaven has called her to be.

We urge the authorities to ensure that Mrs Ibrahim is released immediately and unconditionally because she is a prisoner of conscience, convicted solely because of her religious beliefs and identity;

We urge the authorities to repeal Articles 126 and 146 that criminalise apostasy and adultery respectively, in conformity with Sudan’s obligations under international human rights law;

We urge the authorities to establish a moratorium on executions, as a first step towards abolishing the death penalty, and to abolish the punishment of flogging.

I do hope the peace Islam that has been enshrined in you over the years will release a wave of compassion and see to the release of Mrs Ibrahim.

Yours sincerely,

Victoria I.

Or you can send a template appeal via Amnesty Uk here: Amnesty International UK STOP EXECUTION OF PREGNANT MOTHER IN SUDAN

Let us make a difference – spread the word! It only takes a click…

Advertisements

A Fierce word!

20130929-111425.jpg

“If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God. After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends water to irrigate the fields. He raises up the down-and-out, gives firm footing to those sinking in grief. He aborts the schemes of conniving crooks, so that none of their plots come to term. He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies— all that intricate intrigue swept out with the trash! Suddenly they’re disoriented, plunged into darkness; they can’t see to put one foot in front of the other. But the downtrodden are saved by God, saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist. And so the poor continue to hope, while injustice is bound and gagged. (Job 5:8-16 MSG)

This has to be the most amazing love letter to us from God Almighty

20130528-221441.jpg

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. (Ephesians 1:3-14 MSG)

*just had to share- sink in the promises of our Lord and peace of the Lord will consume all that troubles you*

Stop worrying: The reality of worrying!

Worrying is not faith.

Sometimes I find myself lost in relentless worry – especially about things that are not even realistically possible – can you imagine the painful experience of worrying about nothing! It hurts the mind!

I now regard worry as a naïve form of procrastination – especially when one worries about something or someone they have no business with – isn’t that just a pure waste of useful time.

Worrying can really choke the life out of an individual – and lead on to very unfair and selfish thoughts. Society has conditioned us to believe that worry is a necessary tool in life – for instance television adverts that chant on about sickness and reasons why we must become obsessed with the tiniest of details.

A common UK message via advertising on television- “1 in 4 of you will be diagnosed with cancer.” What a shock right? In the middle of watching your favourite tv show and this government message is delivered! 10 seconds of a message about cancer has the power to lead an individual into an array of different thoughts, possibilities and what if’s. Suddenly every body pain experienced may in your mind be linked to cancer and obviously linked to that morbid advert. The vicious cycle of worrying begins…just imagine having such an advert shown 7 to 10 times a day.

My reaction to such messages these days – is an instant rejection of the words spoken – and we should all react in this way to such negativity.

I have come to realise that worrying “does not empty tomorrow of its troubles – it empties today of its strength” (anon)

Why waste valuable time holding on to a non-existent tomorrow – all we have is today – today is our gift and we must learn to appreciate it. The new gift of life is our ‘next day’ – it is new so why worry so much about it – it has not even had time to evolve yet and we are busy worrying about it.

I write this piece as a therapy to myself as well as to you – if worrying is holding you back in life – just let go and live that joyous life Jehovah has intended for us. Remember that “I (you) can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Let’s live our days in satisfaction and enjoyment – knowing that we have been gifted another day to live!

My personal solutions

    1. write down my fears/worries (from this I define which issue I can deal with now or ones that are unrealistic)
    2. Talk about my issues (I know it may seem easier said than done – but this really helps)
    3. Read the Word of God – our comfort

God bless & Stay inspired!

♥ ℓavergnéaiko™

20121228-144932.jpg

uPdaTe

beauty!

beauty!

Hey all,

The Long distance series 2011 has not been forgotten nor ignored. It shall continue as promised. This blog is forever active although posts come at random intervals, I write when hit with an inspirational message though I tend to note my thoughts in my memo pad. Maybe I’ll condition myself to write straight σn too here, who knows!!!

Thanks for the support and loyal following!!! 🙂

Frustration

Frustration: a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems. (Dictionary.com)

When you can not explain your actions, or the words that you say; the above is normally the case!

Keep your issues resolved – speak to someone who will listen!

♥ ℓavergnéaiko™