Unanimous Senate Resolution Condemns Sudan’s Atrocity and Demands Freedom for Meriam and her Children


Matthew Clark

June 5, 2014

2 min read

United Nations



The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution “condemning the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy.”

The bipartisan resolution was sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and co-sponsored by 30 other Senators, including Chairman of the Subcommittee on African Affairs Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

It calls attention to Sudan’s appalling degradation of human rights, its long record of abuse of religious liberty, and brutal implementation of Shariah law.  The resolution also notes that even Sudan’s own Constitution, as well as numerous international treaties it has willing bound itself to, protects the “religious rights to worship or assemble in connection with any religion or belief.”

The Senate’s demand is simple, it “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.”

It also urges the Obama Administration and the State Department to take action in this case urging their freedom.

The unanimous Senate resolution is a powerful statement that the American people stand firmly behind Meriam and will not tolerate or allow an innocent Christian woman to be tortured and executed for her faith.

Over 355,000 people have signed the ACLJ’s petition for Merian and her American children’s freedom.  Add your name at BeHeardProject.com as we continue fighting to #SaveMeriam.