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]
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 »
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 »
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 »