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Return to Islam, or You’re Dead, Sudanese Woman Told

From the Kuwait Times:

Sudanese woman may face death for choosing Christianity over Islam

KHARTOUM: A Sudanese court gave a 27- year-old woman until today to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam or face a death sentence, judicial sources said on Monday. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was charged with apostasy as well as adultery for marrying a Christian man, something prohibited for Muslim women to do and which makes the marriage void. The final ruling will be announced today.

Ibrahim’s case was the first of its kind to be heard in Sudan. Young Sudanese university students have mounted a series of protests near Khartoum University in recent weeks asking for an end to human rights abuses, more freedoms and better social and economic conditions.

The authorities decided on Sunday to close the university indefinitely. Western embassies and Sudanese activists sharply condemned the accusations and called on the Sudanese Islamist-led government to respect freedom of faith. “The details of this case expose the regime’s blatant interference in the personal life of Sudanese citizens,” Sudan Change Now Movement, a youth group, said in a statement.

President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir’s government is facing a huge economic and political challenge after the 2011 secession of South Sudan, which was Sudan’s main source of oil. A decision by Bashir last year to cut subsidies and impose austerity measures prompted violent protests in which dozens were killed and hundreds were injured. — Reuters

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May 14, 2014 - Posted by | Africa, Community, Faith, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Marriage, Political Issues, Sudan, Values, Women's Issues | , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. […] As you might guess, I do not usually use Fox News as a news source, but this is an update on a story I am following: […]

    Pingback by Pregnant Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death for ‘Apostasy’ « Here There and Everywhere | May 16, 2014 | Reply

  2. It’s xenophobes like Nick Griffin and Ann Coulter who will have a field day going to town with news such as this. Will give them much needed fodder and arsenal to incite religious and cultural hatred some more. Not that they would have, in the least bit, been concerned for the safety of the Sudanese woman in the first place.
    Find the world we have created has turned into one strange place you no longer can find comfort in.

    Comment by Harry's Harem Inc. | June 2, 2014 | Reply

    • Exactly, BL, we have these extremists in every culture who say “my way is the only way” and would inflict even the death penalty on others who do not believe the same way. I have recently read that they are backing off on the death sentence in this case, I am hoping she and her husband will be exiled to a more welcoming country.

      Meanwhile, it is up to us, in our daily living, to live the lives and values we believe to be right, to stand against the darkness . . .. isn’t it?

      Comment by intlxpatr | June 3, 2014 | Reply


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