Success! Sudanese Teen Noura Hussein Will Not Face Execution

Noura Hussein, a 19-year-old Sudanese woman who faced execution for murdering her rapist husband,†has been†spared the death sentence.

The appeal court in Khartoum quashed†Hussein’s†execution but still sentenced her to five years in prison after finding her guilty of manslaughter. In addition,†Hussein’s†family must pay 337,000 Sudanese pounds — $18,799 — to her husbandís family.

As news of Husseinís sentence surfaced, it created international outrage — reminiscent of the worldwide support for Amina Lawal, a 31-year-old Nigerian mother who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery in 2002. Thanks to the actions of human rights activists around the world, Lawal’s sentence was overturned in 2003.

Echoing this worldwide outrage, Care2 member DerekDeka Richardson created a Care2 petition, “Justice for Noura,” calling on Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir to revoke Noura Husseinís sentence and save her life. The petition garnered over 143,000 supporters — many of whom made comments like this one from Christine D. in Florida:

This is an outrage. She was a victim and was protecting herself! She isnít a criminal, she is a hero.

Care2 success!

On June 26, we learned that Noura Hussein had been spared the death sentence.

Care2 members joined with Amnesty International, who headed up the #JusticeforNoura campaign, and support poured in via social media worldwide.

High-profile figures also†participated in†an effort to overturn†Hussein’s sentence, including Julia Gillard, the former Australian prime minister, model Naomi Campbell and actors Mira Sorvino, Emily Watson and Rose McGowan.

Together we were able to achieve success, a testament to the power of activists from around the world working together for the good.†

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who signed petitions for†Hussein and made a difference!

Noura’s†story:

Noura Hussein was forced into marriage by her father at age 16. Her father and her new husband signed a marriage contract, but†Hussein wanted to finish her education, so she escaped to her auntís house.

When she finished school in April 2017, after three years, her family tricked her into returning home and then handed her over to the husband she had been coerced into marrying.†

Six days later,†Hussein was raped by her husband, age 35, with the help of two of his brothers and a male cousin who pinned†her down. The next day, her husband tried to rape her again, but she stabbed him to death.†

Hussein†returned to her family, seeking support. Instead, her father delivered her to the local police station, where she was charged with murder.

ďNoura Hussein was the victim if a brutal attack by her husband, and five yearsí imprisonment for acting in self-defense is a disproportionate punishment,Ē stated†Seif Magango, Amnesty Internationalís deputy regional director for East Africa.

According to UNICEF, one in three girls is married by the age of 18; in fact, if their parents or guardians gain permission from a judge, girls as young as 10 can be married. In addition, marital rape is not considered to be a crime.†

Magango summarized the situation of women’s rights in Sudan this way:

While the quashing of this death sentence is hugely welcome news, it must now lead to a legal review to ensure that Noura Hussein is the last person to go through this ordeal.

Meanwhile, a huge shout-out and congratulations to DerekDeka Richardson and all the Care2 activists who signed his petition.

Photo Credit: Janko Ferlic/Unsplash

24 comments

Leanne K
Leanne K9 hours ago

There are plenty of American stories that are similar, and Australian and Swiss and Polish. I dislike how coverage of such stores seem to bring out that inner.belief that.all ethiopian men are perverted brutes, the fathers not caring for their daughter, that all black women are passionate or over react. Which of course is far from true

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Janis K
Janis K6 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Elaine W
Elaine W7 days ago

This is good to know. Thanks.

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Clare O
Clare O8 days ago

thanks for the update

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Clare O
Clare O8 days ago

This unfortunate young woman. She deserves our support. How many women go through similar outrages?

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Clare O
Clare O8 days ago

Women in Afghanistan were prevented from attending talks by an outsider woman - on using soap for instance.

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Tania N
Tania N9 days ago

Thank you

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Tania N
Tania N9 days ago

Thank you

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Sabrina D
Sabrina D10 days ago

As a woman I think that it was my duty to sign the petition to save Noura.

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ANA MARIJA R
ANA MARIJA R10 days ago

First encouraging news today. I thank myself and to others for signing this petition💕

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