27-year-old Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was eight months pregnant when she appeared before a court in May on charges of 'apostasy' and 'adultery'. When she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the judges sentenced Meriam to death by hanging. Meriam has also been sentenced to 100 lashes for being married to a Christian man.
Meriam gave birth in the prison hospital on May 27. She remains jailed with her newborn baby girl, Maya, and Martin, her 20-month-old son, in Omdurman Women’s Prison in Khartoum. Her lawyers say that Meriam remained chained by her legs even while she was in labor.
The date of the execution has not yet been announced. As a pregnant woman sentenced to death, Sudan’s Criminal Code holds that she must be kept alive to give birth and nurse her child for two years before her execution can go ahead.
Meriam has committed no crime. She is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately! Sudanese authorities need to hear from you now.