White House Petition Calling for Release of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim Passes 37,000 Signatures

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he talks to international business leaders at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington May 20, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he talks to international business leaders at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington May 20, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING

A petition to the White House calling for President Barack Obama to directly respond to the case of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother on death row for her Christian faith, has already reached over 37,000 signatures in the first week of its launching, but needs 100,000 by the end of June.

“We strongly urge the administration to take action in the case of Dr. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who with her toddler and newborn baby (who pending the proper documentation are American citizens) is languishing inside a prison in Khartoum,” the petition started on May 28 reads.

“We urge you to pressure the Sudanese government to release Meriam and her children so she can escape execution and possible death of her children and be rejoined with her husband in the U.S. Please grant her expedited safe haven in the U.S., where she could seek asylum.”

Ibrahim recently gave birth to her second child in prison while still in shackles. Her husband, Daniel Wani, clarified earlier this week conflicting information that her release was imminent, by saying that he is not ware of such a possibility.

Foreign ministry spokesman Abubakar Al-Sidiq said that only a ruling from an appeals court can secure her release, while she is unlikely to be granted amnesty by President Omar al-Bashir.

The Sudanese mother was sentenced to 100 lashes and death for what Sudan’s Public Order Criminal Code says is adultery and apostasy, for marrying a Christian man and for turning away from Islam.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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