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Senate Calls for Release of Imprisoned Sudanese Christian Mother

The Senate unanimously approved a resolution this week that “condemns the charge of apostasy and death sentence of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and calls for immediate and unconditional release of her and her children.”  Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) in introducing this resolution, which also re-affirms America’s commitment to religious freedom worldwide and calls on Sudan to respect international standards for religious freedom, particularly as it drafts a new constitution.

Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging because she refused to recant her Christian faith, and she was further ordered to receive 100 lashes for “adultery” because the Sudanese government would not recognize her marriage to a Christian man, Daniel Wani, who is an American citizen.  In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, urged the U.S. to intervene on behalf of Mrs. Ibrahim, her 20-month-old son, and newborn daughter, all of whom are currently incarcerated by the Sudanese government.  “We find it unconscionable and intolerable that the Sudanese government would violate its own law and international covenants by treating any individual with such enmity and abuse because of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Johnson.  “We urge that the United States act expeditiously in defense of Mrs. Ibrahim, Mr. Wani, and their little ones.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 6 , 2014

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