A report co-authored by Redress and the African Centre for Peace and Justice Studies recently submitted to the United Nations discusses not only the gross violation of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim’s human rights, but the plight of many others under a Sudanese regime clearly willing to violate the terms of its national mandates and international agreements. Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old mother of two and wife to an American citizen who was sentenced to death for her Christian faith on May 15th, is but one of many, according to the report, suffering under Sudan’s Sharia-inspired Public Order Code. To learn everything you need to know about Meriam’s case, click here.
06/23/2014 Sudan (The Times) – A Christian woman sentenced to be whipped and hanged in Sudan was convicted by a justice system that facilitates torture with impunity and grants police and security forces “virtually unlimited powers”, according to a damning report.
At least 25 people, including three children, have been sentenced to be whipped for “moral crimes” since 2009, the report said. Their crimes included wearing trousers or miniskirts and drinking alcohol.
A man convicted of armed robbery had his right hand and his left foot cut off in 2013, a punishment known as cross-amputation, said the report by the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies and the British- based charity Redress.
The report, which was submitted to the United Nations prior to an official review of Sudan’s human rights record, also documented the case of Meriam Ibrahim, who was eight and a half months’ pregnant when she was sentenced last month to 100 lashes for adultery and death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christianity.
The case sparked international outrage, with David Cameron calling it “barbaric” and the former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton branding Ms Ibrahim’s treatment “abhorrent”.