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Sudan Denies Immediate Release of Christian Woman Condemned to Death

A Sudanese judge sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for respect for religious freedom. A view of St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral near Khartoum, May 15, 2014.A Sudanese judge sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for respect for religious freedom. A view of St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral near Khartoum, May 15, 2014.
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A Sudanese judge sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for respect for religious freedom. A view of St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral near Khartoum, May 15, 2014.
A Sudanese judge sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for respect for religious freedom. A view of St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral near Khartoum, May 15, 2014.
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Sudan's Foreign Ministry is denying media reports that a woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith will be released within days, following an international outcry.
 
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abubakar Al-Sidiq says Mariam Yahya Ibrahim cannot be released without a ruling from an appeals court.
 
Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging last month after she declined to declare herself a Muslim.  Ibrahim says she was raised as a Christian by her mother, but because her father was Muslim, Islamic law considers her Muslim.  Under that law, religious conversion is a crime. 
 
The death sentence has sparked international condemnation.  Governments and rights groups are urging the Sudanese government to annul the sentence.
 
The United States has called on the government of Sudan to respect its citizens' right to freedom of religion.
 
Sudan's 2005 constitution guarantees the right to freedom of worship, but the government enforces a form of Islamic law.
 
Ibrahim's husband, Daniel Wani, also a Christian, says the 27-year-old mother of his two children will not renounce her faith, even though she is languishing with both children in prison.

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by: Gregg
June 02, 2014 7:10 PM
Please get the info correct. A muslim man can legally marry a christian woman. Not the other way around. Also, a christian can legally convert to islam. Again, not the other way around.

by: Forster TEGAH from: USA
June 01, 2014 10:58 PM
Is human being an animal to be killed any how ? I cannot understand that judge who by his ignorance of judicial principles , condemned innocent and simple Christian lady just in the name of Islamic religion. All judges in the world are supposed to be neutral when using their adjudicative functions.But you are different, death minded, bias for condemning this lady to death just because she does not belong to your Islamic religion. In fact , I cannot sleep tonight due to that ruling of 100 lashes following a death sentence by hanging. Im still worried about the LICENSE that was used as authority to pronounce this death sentences. That license is a GUN in a wrong hands that can possibly kill and destroy for no apparent reason. On this note I am humbling appealing to the world leaders of peace to take the second look at this license in order to prevent similar ruling in the near future.How can you kill a breastfeeding mother for no reason . Thank you for reading.

by: Whiteman from: USA
June 01, 2014 3:51 PM
Who cares?
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by: Anonymous
June 01, 2014 4:57 PM
Do you really mean that statement or are you being provocative?
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by: ali baba from: new york
June 01, 2014 4:31 PM
It is the duty of every person regardless his faith or national origin to stand against injustice especially for a poor woman whom her life is in danger because she is Christian. Radical Islam is gaining its momentum and If we do not stop them, the world will be a zoo. Because the world failed to arrest Sudanese president for his crime against humanity and he is responsible for two civil wars which killed millions of innocent people .,he continue his barbaric behavior. His story to kill that woman is a litmus test to find world reaction. if we are passive ,many livese will lost in future. Yes we care

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