Monday, 2 June 2014

Meriam Ibrahim

I'm sure most people will be aware of the plight of Merian Ibrahim - the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for "renouncing Islam", despite the fact that she was brought up as a Christian, and sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery, as her Christian marriage was ruled invalid by the Sudanese authorities.

I'm not sure which punishment I find more barbaric, the lashes or the death sentence.  Neither would seem to me to have any place in a civilised society.

There was a glimmer of hope on Saturday, as a Sudanese official appeared to say that she would be freed.  The authorities are now beginning to backtrack however, saying that the official had been quoted out of context, and that only a judicial review could grant freedom.

The case has attracted widespread condemnation, including from the leaders of all 3 main British political parties.  Amnesty International are campaigning on her behalf, as are many other humanitarian organisations.

Please continue to pray for Merian and her family, that she may be released very soon.

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