Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Meriam Ibrahim: The Case that Gripped the World

BETWEEN MAY AND AUGUST 2014, the Sudanese case of Meriam Ibrahim attracted global concern. Her sentence to death and the treatment of her family by the Sudanese government was condemned by world leaders, the United Nations, the European Union (interestingly the African Union were silent), and a mass outcry from civil society through NGO and social media. #SaveMeriam and #FreeMeriam went viral. Amnesty International and Emily Clarke's Change.org petitions to save Meriam, each received over 1million signatures. 

The tragic story of the human rights violations which were imposed upon her and her family (not only was she sentenced to one hundred lashes and the death penalty for apostasy and sexual immorality), she had to give birth to her baby son in a prison cell whilst shackled and without adequate medical care, her husband had the prospect of being widowed, and their two children, motherless.

The story has a happy ending. It is a testimony to the victory of human rights through a hybridity discourse woven together by skilled lawyering, behind the scenes political diplomacy and the mass unified voice of civil society.

In the Birmingham City University City Talk, we will hear, not only the legal tactics and the political discussions (some public, some behind-the-scenes), we will also learn about how the Italian government became cogent for her final release (through engaging with the Security Services and the trumped up charges of falsification of her exit documents), and the passage to the United States – with a short stop off in Rome to meet the Pope!    

It will be an extremely interesting and engaging event.

The Panel includes:

The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mr Mohamed Elshareef, Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer in Sudan, BCU Law School Alumnus
Mr Andrew Hall Q.C., Doughty Street Chambers, leading expert on African Law
Mr Lutz Oette, Redress, Drafter of Meriam's petition to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Dr Jon Yorke, Birmingham City University, Member, The Foreign Secretary's Expert Panel on the Death Penalty
Panel Chair:

Mr Manjit Gill, Q.C. No 5 Chambers, Head of the International Human Rights Law Group

Emily Clarke will also be addressing the event about her Change.org petition for Meriam Ibrahim which received 1,092, 272 signatures, see Change.org Meriam Ibrahim Petition

If you would like to remind yourself of the legal, political and civil society contributions in the case, please see my blog posts for Oxford Law School's, Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog: 
http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=11765 
http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=12767

The event details are included below. It is FREE to attend, but you need to register and bring your ticket through eventbright at the link below: 
Event Registration: Meriam Ibrahim: The Case that Gripped the World