Government asked to give Meriam Ibrahim asylum

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The government has been called upon to give Meriam Ibrahim, the women sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, and her children immediate refugee status during the House of Lords oral questions session on 10 June 2014.

Crossbench peer Lord Alton of Liverpool said providing Mrs Ibrahim with asylum would offer an "unequivocal demonstration of the value of a civilised country and a humane society."

Sudan's appeals court is considering the case of Mrs Ibrahim, despite assurances from the country's government that she would be freed.

Mrs Ibrahim was sentenced to the death penalty in May after refusing to renounce her Christian faith whilst 8 months pregnant. Her case received international condemnation after she was forced to give birth in prison while restrained by shackles.

If the sentence is not overturned, Mrs Ibrahim will be subjected to 100 lashes and hanged.

Lord Alton called the treatment of Mrs Ibrahim "emblematic" of a regime which "systematically murders and mistreats its own people."

Responding for the government Foreign Office spokesperson Baroness Northover avoided directly addressing Lord Alton's request but told the House that the government was in talks with the Sudanese Government about securing Mrs Ibrahim's release.

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