Sudan: Death sentence for Christian pregnant woman 'appalling and abhorrent'

A woman in shadow
A woman in shadow © Amnesty International

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The decision of a Sudanese court to sentence a heavily pregnant Sudanese Christian woman to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and flogging for ‘adultery’ is truly abhorrent said Amnesty International today.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is eight months pregnant and currently in detention with her 20-month-old son. Her death sentence was handed down this morning after she refused to renounce her religion.
Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said:

'The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent.

'Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law.'

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