Lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to grant asylum to a pregnant Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to death for her Christian faith.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, whose Christian husband holds American citizenship, has been held in a Sudanese prison along with her 20-month old son for more than three months. Last week, in a decision that drew international condemnation, a judge in Khartoum sentenced her to death by hanging once she gives birth and nurses her child for two years, because she would not renounce her Christianity.
“I am disgusted and appalled by the inhumane verdict Ms. Ibrahim has received, simply for refusing to recant her Christian faith,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Rubio’s fellow GOP senators, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, have written two letters to the Obama administration asking for “full attention to the outrageous Sudanese court ruling,” and requesting “immediate action and full diplomatic engagement” to offer safe passage and political asylum to Ibrahim and her son.
On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of four senators introduced a resolution condemning Ibrahim’s May 15 sentence. The proposed resolution urges the Sudanese government to respect religious freedom to normalize relations with the U.S. or receive relief from economic sanctions. The resolution was co-sponsored by senators Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma; Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware; and Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.
SOURCE: Lisa Daftari