Christians plan to picket in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday (June 3) afternoon in protest against a death sentence ruling by a Sudanese court against a young Christian mother and medical doctor, Meriam Ibrahim, 27, for refusing to convert to Islam.
Ibrahim who gave birth to a baby girl in prison on May 28, was also sentenced by a Sudanese court to 100 lashes for adultery for marrying a Christian man. Meanwhile another Christian woman in Sudan, Faiza Abdalla, 37, has been incarcerated under suspicion of having left Islam.
Tuesday’s protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Pretorius Street, Hatfield, will take place from 12:30 to 13;30, reports Philip Rosenthal of Christian View Network. Picketers will hand a memorandum to the Sudanese Ambassador.
Churches and organisations are asked to endorse the memorandum by means of an email to the protest organiser, Aaron Mokabane at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting him on 071 855 8875. Demands for Ibrahim’s release can also be emailed to the embassy directly at email@example.com.
The text of the memorandum reads: “We as Christians in South Africa note with outrage the recent apostasy ruling against Ms Mariam Yahia Ibhrahim Ishag by a Sudanese Court in Khartoum.
“The above ruling is a clear violation of international law and against the right of ordinary citizens to a freedom of religion and the right to change to any religion of their choice.
“We are particularly outraged at the continued detention of a mother and her newborn child.
“We wish to call on the Sudanese government to release her and her young child without delay. We further wish to call on the Sudanese government to respect international human rights, including the right to conscience and freedom of religion.
“We are further noting the Sudanese government’s track record of the persecution of Christians.”