Meriam Ibrahim: David Cameron calls for Sudan government to overturn ‘Christian’ death sentence

PM wants Meriam's death sentence overturned
‘Absolutely appalled’: Cameron slammed the Sudanese government (Picture: Facebook)

David Cameron has branded Meriam Ibrahim’s treatment ‘barbaric’ after the Sudanese government sentenced her to death for marrying a Christian man.

The prime minister joined Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband, as well as former PM Tony Blair, in condemning the treatment of the 27-year-old – who was forced to give birth with her legs shackled in her cell this week.

Mr Cameron told The Times he was ‘absolutely appalled’ when he heard the news.

‘The way she is being treated is barbaric and has no place in today’s world,’ the Tory leader said.

‘Religious freedom is an absolute, fundamental human right.

‘I urge the government of Sudan to overturn the sentence and immediately provide appropriate support and medical care for her and her children.’

Prime minster David Cameron
David Cameron has joined other party leaders in condemning the treatment of Meriam (Picture: Getty Images)

Ms Ibrahim, who was raised a Christian by her mother, was ordered to renounce her faith by a Sudanese court this week on the grounds that her father was a Muslim – something she refused to do.

The court further ruled that her marriage to a Christian man should be annulled and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery and death by hanging.

Sex outside a ‘lawful relationship’ is seen as adultery under Sudanese law.

31 May 2014 | 9:09 am – Source:

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