Members of the European Parliament have called on the Government of Sudan to repeal all laws criminalising personal and private decisions – including apostasy and adultery – and to fully respect international human rights standards.
The cross-party resolution, co-proposed by London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert, comes just weeks after Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim was released after successfully appealing against a death penalty for apostasy.
“Meriam’s case truly shocked the world,” said Ms Lambert. “That she was sentenced to death for what should have been a private religious decision, and forced to give birth in prison, in shackles, was a clear violation of her most basic human rights.
“Sadly, she is not alone. Her case is just one of a series of judicial decisions against women and girls that criminalise these private and personal decisions and, in many cases, lead to cruel and inhumane punishments.
“Sudan really needs to commit to fully protect the freedom of expression, religion and privacy of all living in the country, in line with its commitments under international human rights treaties.”
She added: “It needs to repeal all laws pulling in a different direction, change its policy regarding the way women prisoners are treated during childbirth, abolish the death penalty, and end a culture of impunity for those committing human rights abuses, which would include bringing all responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur to justice.
“I hope this resolution passed this week with cross-party support makes the EU position clear, and will prompt the Sudanese government into swift action.”
For the full text of the resolution, see here.