The U.S. welcomes the release and departure from Sudan of Ms. Mariam Ishag, a Christian who was accused of apostasy and sentenced to death last May.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked the Italian government for its particular role in working with the government of Sudan to secure Ms. Ishag’s departure from the country. He also thanked individuals worldwide who had championed her cause:
“Around the world, supporters of religious freedom celebrate the arrival of Mariam Ishag and her family in Rome,” wrote Secretary Kerry in a recent statement. “I want to acknowledge the many individuals in the United States and the international community who expressed their concern at Ms. Ishag’s plight. Their concerns were our cause.”
Ms. Ishag traveled first to Italy, and and recently arrived in the United States, where she and her family will settle.
“I am especially proud that our diplomatic efforts through the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum helped secure Ms. Ishag’s and her family’s release,” said Secretary Kerry. “I extend my personal best wishes … as they rebuild their lives and restore hope for a future where all people can live their faiths fully and freely.”
Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States will continue to be an unwavering advocate for this right worldwide.