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Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

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Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religion as their father and relationships with non-Muslim men as “adultery.” It charged Ibrahim with apostasy and adultery and sentenced her to death while she was pregnant. Last month, Ibrahim gave birth to her second child while in prison. Today, her lawyer announced Ibrahim has been freed, claiming the initial judgment against her was “faulty.”  Now she, her two children and her husband are reunited. It’s nice to read some good news for once. [CNN]

This Pregnant Sudanese Woman Was Sentenced To Death Because Of Who She Chose To Marry

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Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last week for marrying a Christian man.

In Sudan, a woman is considered to be of the same faith as her father, but 27-year-old Ibrahim’s Muslim dad abandoned her family when she was six, and she was raised with the beliefs of her Christian mom. Ibrahim has identified as Christian her whole life (although her brother is Muslim), but the Sudanese legal system sees her as a converted former Muslim and now refuses to recognize her marriage to a Christian man. Men are able to marry outside their faith, but Muslim women in Sudan are only expected to marry men who are also Muslims. Keep reading »

Sudanese Woman Faces Flogging For Not Covering Her Hair

Amira Osman Hamed faces flogging for hair
  • Amira Osman Hamed of Sudan will go to trial on September 19 and face a possible flogging sentence for refusing to cover her hair in public. Hamed, 35, is Muslim and refuses to cover herself with a hijab veil. She was stopped on the street by a police officer in August and her refusal to put on a veil lead to an indecency charge. [MSN]
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Hot Celebs With Hot Beatz For Peace

This vid contains the most peeps over 50 ever seen in a rap video. And it’s all for a really important cause — and I’m not talking about getting badonkadonks to bounce. With Sudan on the brink of a new civil war, and the threat of genocide looming, George Clooney, Virgin visionary Richard Branson, new mom Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, U.N Secretary General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan, and President Jimmy Carter all got together to play back-up singers for Sudanese musician Emmanual Jai’s “We Want Peace” music video. Respect! Don’t miss the chance to use your dirrrty dancefloor bump n’ grind for good! Keep reading »

Sudanese Journalist Beaten For Wearing Pants

Earlier this month, Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, a Sudanese journalist, went out to dinner with a group of 12 women. Police filed into the restaurant and arrested the women for wearing “indecent apparel.” In other words: pants. Ten of the women were called to the police station and given 10 lashes two days later. Lubna was summoned to the station earlier today—she left her home expecting to receive 40 lashes and $100 fine. Sheesh. For wearing trousers?

The fact that Lubna is a journalist is most likely not a coincidence. Tactics such as these are used often by Sudan’s oppressive regime to terrorize those that question the government. Another female journalist, Amal Habbani, who wrote an article about the whole “indecent” apparel fiasco, was charged with defamation of the police. Now she may be fined several thousand dollars. Will governments like this ever wake up? [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

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