A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:
House Renews Religious Freedom Watchdog as Sudanese Woman Remains in Legal Limbo
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage of H. R. 4653, a bill which reauthorizes the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan federal commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.
“As Miriam Ibrahim remains safe but in legal limbo at the U.S. Embassy in Sudan, it is imperative we maintain vigilance in protecting religious freedom abroad,” said Rep. Hultgren.
“By nature, every human being is given certain rights, including the fundamental right of belief, which no government can justly attack.
“It is in the common interest of humankind to defend those persecuted for expressing their beliefs and practicing their religion.
“I thank Dr. Robert P. George for his service as Chair of USCIRF, and I look forward to Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett’s leadership as the new head of a key check on persecution abroad.”
Miriam Yehya Ibrahim was sentenced to death by the Sudanese government for refusing to abandon Christianity.
The Sudanese law requires children to follow their father’s faith.
Ibrahim’s father is a Muslim, and she herself was raised by her Orthodox Christian mother.
The case provoked worldwide outcry, and was only amplified by Miriam Yehya Ibrahim’s pregnancy at the time of the death sentence.
In response, Rep. Hultgren co-sponsored H.Res. 601, a resolution condemning her death sentence.