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IRD, Over Three Dozen Groups to Demonstrate Against Apostasy Death Sentence for Sudanese Christian

Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, jwalton@TheIRD.org

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Over 40 organizations are joining together in protest of a death sentence ruling handed down by the Government of Sudan to a Sudanese Christian woman accused of adultery and apostasy from Islam. The coalition is also motivated by Sudan human rights and religious freedom violations that they charge are unaddressed by the U.S. Administration and State Department.

    What: Demonstration for Meriam and Sudan Human Rights

    Who: Institute on Religion & Democracy and 40+ allied organizations

    Where: White House Sidewalk between East and West Executive Avenues and Embassy of Sudan, 2210 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

    When: White House: Thursday, June 12, 10a.m.–Noon, Embassy: Friday, June 13, 10a.m.–Noon

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, the wife of South Sudanese Christian, Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen from Manchester, New Hampshire, is shackled to a wall in a Sudanese prison, along with her 20 month-old son, Martin, and newborn daughter, Maya, who was born in the prison.

Although Ibrahim has always identified as a Christian, she was sentenced to hang for the crime of apostasy (leaving Islam) because her father who abandoned the family was Muslim. Ibrahim is also sentenced to receive 100 lashes for the crime of adultery because a Muslim woman cannot marry a Christian man in Sudan.

IRD Religious Liberty Program Director Faith J.H. McDonnell commented:

    "We are protesting Sudan's egregious human rights violations against Meriam and against so many other men, women, and children in Sudan.

    "We are also protesting the Obama Administration's inadequate response and downright neglect to the plight of a United States citizen's family.

    "We demonstrate to show our solidarity with Meriam, Daniel and their children. It is unthinkable that the Sudanese government allows a toddler to be shackled in prison with his mother; a pregnant woman to give birth in prison; a father to be separated from his family; and a woman to be flogged and executed for her faith.

    "This is happening to the wife and children of an American citizen who tried repeatedly to get help from U.S. consular services in Khartoum. The United States needs to ensure the release of Meriam and her children, and enable them to come to the United States with Daniel.

    "We call upon the U.S. government to support U.S. citizen Daniel Wani and his family, and to support those brave Sudanese working for a free and democratic Sudan."