Sudan: Woman saved from death penalty

7 April 2015, 15:48 UTC | Sudan
Meriam Ibrahim, with her daughter Maya, on her way to the USA © EPA/TELENEWS

Meriam Ibrahim faced apostasy charges in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christianity. She was sentenced to death and had to give birth in prison shackles.

After more than 1 million Amnesty International supporters like you took action, Meriam was freed in July 2014. She is home safe with her family in the United States and is sharing her story in the hopes of helping others.

Today’s ruling is a small step to redressing the injustice done to Meriam,” said Sarah Jackson, Deputy Regional Director at Amnesty International. 

"However, she should never have been prosecuted. Meriam was sentenced to death when eight months pregnant for something which should not be a crime. Furthermore, her abhorrent treatment, including being shackled, violated international human rights law against ill-treatment."

"Amnesty International would like to pay tribute to all those who contributed to this massive showing of support,” said Sarah Jackson. “Their letters showed the Sudanese authorities that people around the world were outraged by Meriam’s ordeal.

Amnesty International will continue to urge the Sudanese authorities to repeal provisions that criminalize acts of apostasy and adultery. This is so that nobody else in Sudan has to endure the same ordeal as Meriam, and to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolishing the death penalty.

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