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UN condemns death sentence of Sudanese pregnant woman over apostasy
13:11, 17 May 2014, 761

AKIPRESS.COM - The United Nations human rights office voiced deep concern about the situation of Meriam Ibrahim, the pregnant Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and to death by a Sudanese court for apostasy and adultery.

On 11 May, Sudan’s Criminal Court supported the charges of apostasy and adultery against Ms. Ibrahim, nullified her marriage with a Christian man and gave her three days to ‘declare her return to Islam’, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Following her refusal yesterday to renounce her Christian faith, the 27-year-old was found guilty under the 1991 Criminal Act.

“We are concerned about the physical and mental well-being of Ms. Ibrahim, who is in her eighth month of pregnancy, and also of her 20-month-old son, who is detained with her at the Omdurman’s Women Prison near Khartoum, reportedly in harsh conditions,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva.

The media reported May 17 that Italy is working to save the life of a pregnant Sudanese woman. Thus, The United States, the United Nations and Amnesty International among others have condemned the sentence.

Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini said she has pressed the case with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting at UN headquarters in New York. "We have been following the case through our embassy since before her sentence was made public," she said.


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