Campaign for Sakharov Prize to Meriam Ibrahim

140623-ibrahim-jsw-1121a_3ef7121abdd6d75a2f64605a9ae997dfThis year, Human Rights Without Frontiers calls upon the European Parliament to nominate Meriam Ibrahim for the Sakharov Prize, the annual EU Human Rights Award, for her outstanding courage to keep her faith despite a sentence of 100 lashes and the death penalty by hanging. Meriam Ibrahim was charged with apostasy and adultery because she was alleged to have converted to Christianity and married a Christian man.   
Meriam Ibrahim, who was pregnant with her second child, refused to renounce her Christian faith and instead gave birth in prison in appalling conditions. This remarkable act and commitment to her faith is admirable and should be applauded. A fitting tribute would be for the European Union to award the Sakharov Prize to this brave woman who has inspired many people with her courage and determination to stand up for what she believes in. 
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is granted to those who carry the spirit of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989) who in 1970 co-founded the Committee on Human Rights in the USSR: the peaceful struggle for human rights. With this in mind, the Parliament selects laureates who, like Sakharov, dedicate their lives to the safeguard of the fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration and the European Convention on Human Rights.  Meriam Ibrahim’s action fully fits into the moral values defended by Sakharov and the European Union.  As pressure from the Soviet state increased, so did Sakharov’s resolve in his fight for freedom of expression and other fundamental rights.  Sakharov’s willingness to sacrifice his own freedom to the cause of human rights is a quality that is shared by every Sakharov Laureate.     As 1990 Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said upon receiving the award, that she and her fellow Laureates strive to create societies worthy of Andrei Sakharov’s ideals of freedom and dignity. These are the ideals that Meriam Ibrahim represents and she symbolises the hope and determination of all the others who are fighting for their rights.     Support us in our endeavour to make Meriam a Sakharov laureate.  Willy Fautré, director  Human Rights Without Frontiers (Brussels)

 

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