A young mother found guilty of adultery in Sudan has been sentenced to death by stoning. Remind me, what century are we living in?
Intisar Sharif Abdallah, 20, was tried without access to a lawyer and is being detained with her four-month-old baby, according to Amnesty International.
Nearly 30 Africa-based rights groups have signed a letter condemning Sudan for sentencing a 20-year-old woman to death by stoning over charges of adultery.
In other blatant acts of misogyny over the past two years, we’ve seen the issue of stoning to death in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and sentenced to stoning. She was spared that death, but remains in prison at risk of execution.
Last year we heard about a teenage Muslim girl who was stoned to death for taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine.
And now another example of blatant misogyny and cruelty.
Her family is appealing against the execution and it is unclear when it will be carried out.
Abdallah admitted to the charges only after her brother reportedly beat her. The man held with her reportedly denied the charges and was released.
From The Guardian:
Abdallah is said to be shackled by the legs and in psychological distress, unable to understand the nature of her sentence. Her other children are being cared for by family, who are of filing an appeal in Ombada. Jean-Baptiste Gallopin of Amnesty’s Sudan team said: “The case is emblematic of the failure of the Sudanese judicial system. Intisar Sharif Abdallah was tried without access to a lawyer or a translator, despite the fact that Arabic is not her native language. She was convicted solely based on a testimony she gave under duress. She’s being detained with her four-month old son, in a state of deep psychological distress. We call on the Sudanese authorities to stop the execution, overturn her stoning sentence and release her immediately and unconditionally.
“Stoning is a method of execution designed to increase the suffering of the victim, which means it is an extreme and cruel form of torture. International human rights law specifically prohibits death sentences resulting from unfair trial, as well as the execution of new mothers. In addition, we urge the government to have the best interest of Intisar’s child as their main consideration during the judicial process.”
Sudan is one of seven countries where death by stoning is a punishment. Judges in the country have imposed the sentence on several women in recent years, but courts have overturned them all on appeal. The vast majority of adultery cases and stoning sentences have been imposed on women.
If you believe the treatment of this young mother is outrageous, please sign our petition demanding that the sentence against Intisar Sharif Abdallah be squashed, and that she be freed immediately.
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