Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 22, 2014
Dear Sudan Ambassador in Cairo
With hearts full of sadness and agony at the situation our beloved country has reached, I write this letter.
But especially to what happened to our sister, Dr. Meriam Yahia, who was jailed from February, with her son, who has not attained the age of two. She is pregnant now in her eight months, accused of apostasy and adultery because of her Christian faith.
In spite the Sudanese Interim Constitution and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees freedom of belief of the individual and freedom for the individual to choose his/her religion or belief or to change it, if the person wishes to do so.
Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of human rights give the right to choose a life partner.
  1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
We have no right to force anyone to marry someone not of his choice. Each individual has complete freedom to choose his life partner.
And the same thing for belief and religion. Because, if your faith does not come from your heart, God will not accept it.

As Geries Abdel Nour said:
“Going to paradise is by choice and not compulsory.
Until when we terrorize people? Until when do we force people to belief? Until when do we defend God? Does God need someone to defend him? Does faith come from the heart and conviction? Or, does it come due to pressure and terrorism?
Where is the freedom of thought, conscience and religion?
Where is the freedom of choice between two paths?
Where are human rights and equality?
Where the rights of citizenship for all (Muslims and Christians, Shiites and Bahai’, secularists and atheists)?
Religion is for God and the homeland for all”.

I urge Your Excellency, to ask the Sudanese authorities to release immediately Dr. Meriam Yahia because what the Sudanese authorities are doing is a violation of the laws of the country and international and laws of humanity.
Kamal Fahmi
On behalf of the protesters 

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