Senators Blunt & Ayotte Urge U.S. To Offer Political Asylum To Sudanese Christian

May 20th, 2014 | By | Category: News Posts
Meriam Ibrahim shown with her Christian husband. She faces death for "apostacy."

Meriam Ibrahim shown with her Christian husband. She faces death for “apostacy.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today urged Secretary of State John Kerry to provide political asylum to Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman and wife of an American citizen who has been sentenced to death by the Sudanese government for her religious beliefs.  The text of their letter follows:

May 16, 2014

The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

We write to urge your full attention to the outrageous Sudanese court ruling that sentenced Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag to death by hanging for her religious beliefs.  We request your immediate action and full diplomatic engagement to offer Meriam political asylum and to secure her and her son’s safe release.

This week, a court in Khartoum sentenced Meriam, 27, to be flogged for adultery for marrying a Christian man and to be hanged to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.  According to news reports, Meriam is currently eight months pregnant with her second child, and has been imprisoned along with her 20-month old toddler since February.  Meriam is married to Daniel Wani, an American citizen who has ties to New Hampshire.  Meriam was reportedly born to a Sudanese Muslim father and was raised as a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother.

We also urge you and President Obama to reappoint an Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, whose primary purpose is to monitor, prevent, and respond to this exact type of incident.

Thank you for your attention to this letter, and we respectfully request a prompt response regarding the actions taken by the Department of State to secure Meriam’s freedom.

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Read more on the plight of this Sudanese Christian: Judge in Sudan Confirms Death Sentence, Whipping, for Pregnant Christian Woman

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3 Comments to “Senators Blunt & Ayotte Urge U.S. To Offer Political Asylum To Sudanese Christian”

  1. […] was particularly apoplectic about the State Department being unaware of his letter concerning Ibrahim despite having it for four days. “This is a woman, one of her sentences in Sudan is to be […]

  2. […] was particularly apoplectic about the State Department being unaware of his letter concerning Ibrahim despite having it for four days. “This is a woman, one of her sentences in Sudan is to be […]

  3. John Love says:

    Sergeant Bergdahl was held as a Prisoner of War by the Taliban for 5 years.

    With the news of his pending release, I am exceedingly happy for Sergeant Bergdahl’s family.

    At the same time, however, there are reports from the U.S. Military that Sergeant Bergdahl deserted during his Tour of Duty. I encourage anyone to look up the penalty for desertion during an act of war under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

    In addition, in spite of the fact that a country must NEVER negotiate with terrorists. Sergeant Bergdahl’s release was negotiated by releasing 5 captured Terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay.

    So, we get back Sergeant Bergdahl as described above, yet we will NOT go after Mrs. Mariam Ibrahim???

    For additional amplification, please refer to:

    http://touchstonemag.com/merecomments/2014/05/sudanese-christian-sentenced-death/?replytocom=75300#comment-75286