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Reform Jewish Movement Concerned by Renewed Detention of Sudan's Meriam Ibrahim

Rabbi David Saperstein: "We were heartened by yesterday's announcement that a Sudanese court had ordered Ms. Ibrahim's release. Sudanese leaders had urged trust in their judiciary and yesterday seemed to affirm that call. Today's action, however, is a rejection of religious freedom and of Sudan's own courts."

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2014 - In response to the renewed detention of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death for allegedly converting to Christianity, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

"We are deeply concerned by the re-detention today of Meriam Ibrahim as she and her family were attempting to board a flight in Khartoum. For the past several weeks, the arrest and conviction of Meriam Ibrahim has been a source of grave concern for most nations and for religious leaders across the globe including in the U.S. We were heartened by yesterday's announcement that a Sudanese court had ordered Ms. Ibrahim's release. Sudanese leaders had urged trust in their judiciary and yesterday seemed to affirm that call.

Today's action, however, is a rejection of religious freedom and of Sudan's own courts - a violation of the guarantees of religious freedom (including the right to choose and to change one's own religion) in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, (Sudan is a signatory to both), and the promise of religious freedom in its own Constitution.

The Jewish community has deeply held beliefs in the dignity of every person and in fundamental human rights. Our historic experience of persecution for our religious beliefs motivates us to advocate for every individual's right to worship according to her own beliefs. We will continue to call on all governments to condemn religiously motivated violence and to act to ensure that religious freedom is protected for all."

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.3 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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