A team of Three Crowns lawyers recently assisted REDRESS, a human rights organisation dedicated to assisting victims of torture, with a submission before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) against Sudan.

The 20 February submission was made on behalf of Mariam Yahia Ibraheem and her family.  Mariam was sentenced to death for apostasy and corporal punishment of 100 lashes in Sudan for adultery in 2014 because as a Christian woman and the daughter of a Muslim man, she married a Christian man. She was detained while pregnant in Omdurman’s Women Prison in inhuman conditions with her infant son and following her birth, with newborn daughter, for over four months, most of the time shackled, including while given birth to her.

The proceedings have been running since June 2014 and following an admissibility decision in May 2019, Three Crowns were asked by REDRESS to assist with the arguments on the merits before the ACHPR.  This submission argued that that Sudan had violated Mariam’s and her family’s rights to life, liberty, dignity, freedom of religion, family life, freedom of movement and a fair trial, among other violations of the African Charter.

The Three Crowns team included Liz Snodgrass, Farouk El-Hosseny, Ruimin Gao, Vanessa Moracchini, Nathaniel Burnett, E Jin Lee and Anton Chaevitch.

Further details about the case are available here.

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