Keep up campaign until Meriam is released
THE global opprobrium resulting from the sentence of death by hanging handed down to Meriam Yahia Ibrahim in Sudan for refusing to repudiate her Christian faith seemingly has had an impact. The Sudanese Government is giving indications the sentence will be set aside and she will be released. However, there is no indication as to when this will happen and the worry is that 'leniency' could be forgotten once her appalling plight slips from the glare of the media spotlight.
I would urge the people of Northern Ireland to keep the pressure on the Sudanese by writing to their embassy at 3, Cleveland Row, St James's, London, SW1A 1DD, or emailing info@ Sudanembassy.org.uk to express their concerns about this grievous violation of human rights.
Alternatively, they may use the letter posted on the Christian Solidarity Worldwide website (www.csw.org.uk/savemeriam).
REV PATRICK G BURKE
Honorary secretary, Church of Ireland
Council for Mission