Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed a Parliamentary Motion which draws attention to the plight of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy from Islam.
Early Day Motion 23 (Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag) highlights the right to freedom of religion as a fundamental human right and details the case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother who has been jailed and given the death penalty for practising Christianity. Hove and Portslade has a significant Coptic Christian population and Mike has been contacted by a number of residents about the fate of Meriam.
Commenting, Mike said: “It is absolutely barbaric that apostasy carries any kind of punishment at all, let alone the death penalty. I hope that the Sudanese government will listen to international calls for Meriam’s release and intervene. More generally, Britain must continue to highlight around the world the importance of the right to freedom of religion as a basic human right.”