Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

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Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

The U.S. is now in a diplomatic row with the government of Sudan over granting Meriam Ibrahim a visa after she was freed from jail on apostasy and adultery charges stemming from marrying Daniel Wani, a Christian man and for refusing to denounce her Christian faith. The government of Sudan has summoned the U.S. ambassador.

Ibrahim was freed from death row on Monday but was re-arrested hours later by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) at the Khartoum airport as she and her family tried to leave the country. The NISS, whose personnel are known as the “Agents of Fear,” said on its Facebook page that Meriam Ibrahim and her family were attempting to travel to the U.S. with documents from the embassy of South Sudan. NISS said she was carrying a U.S. visa and that her attempts to use the documents were considered a “criminal offense.”

The U.S. State Department maintains they were told the family was not arrested, but Ibrahim’s lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed says she has been transferred from NISS to police detention.

I thought when the appeals court ordered Ibrahim’s release from death row that the case against her had been dropped. Why would she still have bail conditions to meet? The Sudanese government is playing a twisted game of gotcha with this woman’s life and I am afraid with every passing day there’s the real possibility she will be murdered.

Why in the world didn’t the State Department put the couple and their two kids on their plane to get them out of Sudan instead of allowing them to go through the usual process? Also, this family has been on the State Department’s radar since 2011 and they reportedly kept giving Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, the brush-off. Why? Because he’s black and from Africa? This is a disgrace and it could have all be avoided had someone given this man’s case some attention.

The Christian Post is reporting that Meriam Ibrahim was re-released. We’ll continue to monitor this story…..

 

President Obama, John Kerry Silent as Meriam Ibrahim RE-ARRESTED Along with Family

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President Obama, John Kerry Silent as Meriam Ibrahim RE-ARRESTED Along with Family (Credit: Shareif Ali Shareif)

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was released hours ago after being sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy and 100 lashes for committing adultery for marrying a Christian man, was arrested, along with her husband Daniel Wani and their two kids as they tried to flee Khartoum,CNN reports.

Ibrahim, was was jailed for nine months on death row, and Wani were detained by approximately 40 security agents with the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), also known as the “Agents of Fear.” They are now in the detention of the National Security force, which does not have to take them to court because it’s not deemed a criminal matter, but one of “national security.”

Meriam’s lawyer, Shareif Ali Shareif told the Daily Mail, “We don’t have any information about what charges they face.”

Hardwire, a religious freedom group, confirmed the couple and their young children were arrested and said NISS can detain people indefinitely. The Daily Mail reports the “Agents of Fear” are notorious for taking prisoners to “secret houses” where they are tortured.

This is really bad news for the family. How much more can this couple endure, all for their right to love and marry whomever they choose? I am also shocked that the U.S. government didn’t grant Meriam Ibrahim and her children asylum immediately and take them to the U.S. embassy where they would not have been subjected to this level of brutality.

This is madness. I urge President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to get involved and secure the release of this family.

Meriam Ibrahim, Sentenced to Death for Marrying Christian, Freed from Jail

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Meriam Ibrahim Charged with Apostasy for Marrying Christian Man, Freed from Prison

BREAKING:  Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man, Daniel Wani, freed from prison. This comes after a Sudanese appeals court ordered her release.

Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and death by hanging for apostasy after refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

The Guardian reports, “The appeal court ordered the release of Meriam Yahya [Ibrahim] and the cancellation of the [previous] court ruling,” Sudan’s SUNA news agency said on Monday.

I hope the U.S. government will grant Meriam Ibrahim and her kids visa as soon as possible to they can join her husband in the U.S.

Uganda Accuses Obama Administration of Blackmail After Aid Cut Over Anti-Gay Law

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Uganda Accuses U.S. of Blackmail After Funding Cut Over Criminalization of Homosexuality

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo is crying foul after the Obama administration cut funding to Uganda and cancelled a regional military exercise over the new bill signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni that criminalizes homosexuality. Opondo said the Obama administration’s action was blackmail.

“We think it is simply blackmail,” Opondo told VOA. Adding, “We have said it before, homosexuality is not a fundamental human right. In our own constitution, it is not guaranteed as a fundamental right.”

The U.S. announced on Thursday it had canceled plans for a U.S.-sponsored military exercise to be held in Uganda. The Obama administration also barred Ugandans who were believed to be involved in human rights abuses from enterting the U.S.

Opondo also said President Museveni’s chances at being invited to a White House summit of African leaders in August is in jeopardy over the U.S. opposition to the new law.

Homosexuality is considered a crime in 38 African countries.

Is the Sudanese Government Playing Games with Miriam Ibrahim’s Release?

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Meriam Ibrahim, Sudanese Woman Jailed for Marrying Christian, To Be Freed

[UPDATED]:  There is now confusion over whether the Sudanese government is really planning on releasing Meriam Ibrahim and her two children. 

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman jailed for marrying a Christian, to be freed by authorities after international outcry. My position is that she should be released IMMEDIATELY and not in a matter of days. It’s barbaric and reprehensible that someone could be thrown in prison and facing a death sentence for marrying a Christian man. Whatever happened to religious freedom?

Ibrahim, who was turned in to police by a relative for marrying Christian Sudanese-born Christian U.S. citizen David Wani, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Maya, a few days ago, while in shackles around her ankles. She was charged with apostasy and adultery.

BBC reports, Abdullahi Alazreg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman. Yeah, that’s after international outcry and outrage.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair described Meriam Ibrahim’s horrific treatment as a “brutal and sickening distortion of faith.” Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of Ibrahim’s lawyers, told the Telegraph they don’t believe the offer from the Sudanese government is geniune and that “it’s to silence the international media.” He added that “we will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison.”

The U.S. government seems willing to give Meriam Ibrahim’s case special attention, as they should. There is no way she can remain in Sudan. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) recently raised her case at a meeting of the Homeland Security Department Oversight Committee. He said both of the children — Martin and Maya — are eligible for U.S. citizenship.

Franks said, “This case has become so high profile that many of us are deeply concerned about Meriam’s safety in Sudan, especially if she wins her appeal and is released back into Sudanese society at large.” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also made another plea for help for Meriam Ibrahim on Saturday.

 Is the Sudanese Government Playing Games with Miriam Ibrahims Release?

Lynne Brown Appointed South Africa’s First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister

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Lynne Brown Appointed South Africa’s First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister (Photo Credit: Times/Esa Alexander)

South African President Jacob Zuma appoints Lynne Brown as theh public enterprises minister, making her the country’s first openly gay cabinet minister. This is big considering there’s widespread homophobia in Africa, as a whole.

Brown, 52, who is coloured (of mixed race ancestry), was born in Cape Town and was premier of Western Cape until the African National Congress (ANC) lost control of the province to the opposition Democratic Alliance in 2009.

According to a 2008 profile of her by the South African Press Association, she began her career as a teacher and gained a certificate in gender planning methodology at University College London. “I can’t bear working in an environment where things don’t get done,” she was quoted as saying. “I’m not a flamboyant type of person, I get things done.”

Her personal interests were said to be playing golf, reading and “an admiration of arts and culture”.

She is not seen as a gay rights activist but her ascent to a cabinet post was described on Monday as a significant moment. Eusebius McKaiser, a broadcaster and political author, who is gay, said: “It is, sadly, probably newsworthy, I guess, insofar as the social impact of openly gay people in high-profile public leadership positions cannot be discounted in a country like South Africa where levels of homophobia, including violence against black lesbian women, remain rife.

“The symbolism matters also from an African perspective too given other countries around us are enacting and enforcing laws criminalising same-sex sex and lifestyles.” Source: Guardian

 Lynne Brown Appointed South Africas First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister

Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

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Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Sudanese doctor, pregnant with her second child, is facing death by flogging for marrying a Christian. A Sudanese court gave her until Thursday to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam or face a death sentence.

Ibrahim was charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. Muslim women are prohibited from marrying Christians. She was also charged with apostasy.

Mariam was arrested on February 7, 2014  with her 20-month-old son, after a relative turned her in to police for marrying Daniel, who is a Christian, according to Sudan’s Public Order Criminal Code. She was charged with adultery and apostasy on March 4. The apostasy charge, which is abandoning Islam, came with a punishment of death, while the adultery charge came with 100 lashes.

If Ibrahim doesn’t abandon Christian faith, she will be put the death following the birth of her second son. Her first son is with her in a women’s prison because his father isn’t allowed to take care of him.

This is just plain reprehensible. The Sudanese government, led by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has come under blistering criticism for the plight of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim.

 Sudanese Doctor, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Facing Flogging Death for Marrying Christian

Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

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Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

A new report found that Western Union and Moneygram reportedly charge Africans working in the U.S. and Europe twice as much to wire money home than their Latin American and Southeast Asian counterparts.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) found that transactions fees cost the region an estimated $1.8 billion annually. Western Union and MoneyGram account for two-thirds of remittances, or $586 million of the loss associated with fees, the report found.

Remittance fees have gone down for people sending money to Southeast Asia and Latin America, which is in keeping with G8 and G20 targets to reduce transactions costs, but the cost of sending money home to Africa has remained the same.

The remittances to Africa account for five percent of the continent’s GDP. Maria Quattri, one of the authors of the ODI report, told Al Jazeera that the “message of the report is the poorest people in the world, Africans, are paying the highest charges for remittance fees.”

Quattri calls for better regulation of money transfer service providers and banks. She blamed a lack of competition in the industry for the exorbitant fees.

She said, “We want to see greater transparency on charges, in particular charges on currency conversion fees.” She added that ODI has called on U.S. and British financial regulators to better assess transaction costs. She also called for international governments to promote the creation of more viable money transfer providers.

Read more at america.aljazeera.com

 Report: Western Union, MoneyGram Charge Africans Twice as Much to Send Money Home

At Least 200 Girls Kidnapped in Attack on Nigerian School in Chibok

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At Least 200 Girls Kidnapped in Attack on Nigerian School in Chibok (Attribution Unknown)

BBC News reports that scores of girls were abducted from a north-east Nigerian school their parents said.

The gunmen reportedly arrived at the school, located in Chibok, Borno state, late Monday night and ordered the teenage girls to board trucks.

At least 200 girls were abducted.

 

Mike Ocquaye Warns Africa’s Family System Under Satanic Attack from Gays

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Mike Ocquaye Warns Africa’s Family System Under Satanic Attack from Gays (Credit: Radioxyzonline)

Mike Ocquaye, Ghana’s former deputy speaker of Parliament, warns that the traditional family system in Africa is under threat from gay promoters from the West.

Ocquaye spoke at an antigay forum in Accra saying, “Indeed the family is under satanic attack and we should take great care to protect it.”

He said, “we consider this an abomination. We don’t want a mustache man marrying another bearded man and it is the right of the children to call a man father and a woman mother.” He added, “Children brought up in the other way will become what we call miscreants.”

Mike Ocquaye, who is also a clergyman, said, “We Africans have certain values and our friends who want to remain our friends in the Western world must respect our values.”

He charged that the family system in the Western world is vanishing because it has been engulfed by homosexuality.

[H/T Ghana Web]