The very day International Christian Concern (ICC) protested the wrongful imprisonment, conviction and sentencing of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim (Ishag), Secretary of State John Kerry made remarks condemning Sudan’s actions and calling for it to respect human rights and religious freedom. Meriam suffered 115 days and birthed a United States(U.S.) citizen in a Sudanese prison before the United States’ Secretary of State was willing to speak out. And even still, the President continues to fail to do so. Sudan is waiting on the U.S. to see if they care enough to mention her by name. Secretary Kerry has, will President Obama?
06/14/2014 Washington, D.C. (Department of State) – The United States remains deeply concerned about the conviction and continued imprisonment of Ms. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag.
Sudan’s journey has long been a struggle, and back when I was still a United States Senator, I traveled to the region many times to help find greater understanding and hope for a different kind of future. As Secretary, I remain deeply committed to the country and its people. That is one of the reasons we are all so concerned about the travails of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag.