Late Tuesday, The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a 27-year-old mother of two and wife to an American citizen, who was sentenced to death for her faith on May 15. Learn everything you need to know regarding Meriam’s case here.
06/06/2014 Washington, D.C. (CNS News) – In an act of unmitigated bipartisanship, all Republicans and all Democrats in the U.S. Senate joined together on Tuesday evening to unanimously approve a resolution demanding the “immediate and unconditional release” of Meriam Ibrahim and her two children from the Sudanese prison where they are being held because Meriam refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
Ibrahim, the wife of U.S. citizen Daniel Wani, has been incarcerated at the Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison along with the couple’s 20-month-old son, Martin, and 1-week old daughter, Maya. She currently faces a death sentence.
Meriam and Daniel, who is also a Christian, were married at a Christian church in Sudan in December 2011.
Meriam’s father was a Muslim, but her mother was a Christian. The father reportedly abandoned the family when Meriam was six, and the mother raised her as a Christian.
On May 15, a Sudanese court convicted Ibrahim of “apostasy” and “adultery.” The court said she was guilty of “apostasy” because she refused to renounce her Christian faith and become a Muslim like her father. The court said she was guilty of “adultery” because of her relationship with her own husband. Sudan refuses to recognize the marriage of a Christian man to a Muslim women.
Ibrahim’s lawyers in Sudan have appealed her case, and the court has said she can nurse her newborn baby (born in the prison last week) until the girl is two years old. At that point, if Ibrahim does not win an appeal–or if pressure from the U.S. and other nations does not persuade Sudan to release her–she will be hanged.