Friday, June 13, 2014

help protect the children of Meriam Ibrahim

I just received an email from Christian Solidarity Worldwide on behalf of Meriam Ibrahim, which I have posted below. Please take a few moments to read it and then sign the petition to help her children.

Dear friend,

You’ve already spoken up for Meriam – thank you for joining CSW’s work for religious freedom! As the court considers the appeal against her death sentence, please take action to ensure her children are safe. You’ve already spoken up for Meriam – thank you for joining CSW’s work for religious freedom! As the court considers the appeal against her death sentence, please take action to ensure her children are safe.

She’s currently being held with her toddler, Martin, and baby Maya, born in prison on 27 May. But when Martin turns two the situation will change, and unless he receives US citizenship he faces being brought up away from both his parents.

Ask the US to grant citizenship to Meriam’s children. Go to www.csw.org.uk/savemeriam

If Meriam’s sentence hasn’t been annulled and she is still in prison by the time Martin turns two, he won’t be allowed to remain there with her, and will be placed in a children’s home. Since the courts consider Meriam and Daniel’s marriage is invalid, only Meriam is recognised as Martin’s legal parent. This means that if he is taken away from Meriam, people who claim to be part of Meriam’s ‘family’ could make a claim for custody, and Daniel won’t be able to stop this from happening, despite being his father. So because Meriam and Daniel’s marriage is deemed invalid, Martin would not be brought up by his parents.

The alleged members of Meriam’s family have already threatened to kill her if she’s released, so Martin will be in an incredibly dangerous position if he is separated from both parents.

But if the US grants citizenship to Martin and his baby sister Maya (their father Daniel is already an American citizen), Daniel will be able to take legal action to prevent Martin from becoming a ward of the Sudanese state. Please don’t delay – every day counts. Go to www.csw.org.uk/savemeriam

Blessings

Emma
CSW Campaigns Team

P.S. Please continue praying for Meriam and the children’s immediate and unconditional release. Thank you again for taking action – have a look at our website - www.csw.org.uk to see what else we’re working on with the help of people like you. Read about the milestone we achieved recently for North Korea: http://dynamic.csw.org.uk/article.asp?t=response_article&id=419

Working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.
CSW. PO Box 99, New Malden, KT3 3YF

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