Obama say, "respect it!"
A Sudanese woman was found guilty of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning by an Islamic court in Sudan. Human rights activists are appealing to the United Nations for relief, but the United Nations has endorsed the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights, which is a "human rights" declaration devised by Islamic countries; it endorses the Sharia. And Sharia contains the law mandating stoning for adultery. So who are they appealing to? The Organization of Islamic Cooperation will make sure that the UN does nothing. And the Arab League? The Arab League is the Muslim League -- they're not going to lift a finger against stoning for adultery.
"Sudan: Second Woman Sentenced to Death By Stoning in Sudan" All Africa, July 26, 2012 (thanks to David)
Khartoum — Earlier this month a Sudanese woman was found guilty of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning by a court in the capital Khartoum, a regional women's rights group said Monday.
SIHA Network reported that on 10 July 2012, Judge Imad Shamoun sentenced Laila Ibrahim Issa Jamool, 23, to death by stoning for adultery at Al-Nasir Criminal Court under Article 146 of the Sudanese Penal Code 1991.
"Mrs. Jamool, is now being detained, shackled at the ankles with her six-month old baby at her side. The child is understood to be in poor health and Mrs. Jamool is in need of psycho-social support for her distress", SIHA said.
This is the second case of its kind this year. In April, Intisar Sharif Abdullah confessed to adultery after being beaten by her own brother and was sentenced to death by stoning. In both cases the women did not have access to a lawyer and were nursing children of breast feeding age, which is illegal under Sudanese and international law.
Article 36(3) of the 2005 Interim Constitution of Sudan states:
"No death penalty shall be executed upon pregnant or lactating women, save after two years of lactation."
Mrs. Abdullah was eventually released after an appeal with the retrial court finding a "lack of evidence" against her.
Responding to Mrs. Jamool's sentence SIHA - the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa - issued a statement demanding her immediate and unconditional release and the end to the criminalisation of women for adultery in Sudan. The group asked the Ministry of Justice and other relevant institutions to investigate and overturn the judgment.
SIHA's statement outlined that the case was "problematic" under both Sudanese and international law, calling on the "human rights community, The African Union, The Arab League, and United Nations and to oppose this practice and leverage its influence to prevent this act of brutality."
Under the United Nations Convention on Torture (1984) stoning is classed as cruel, inhuman and degrading. International human rights legislation that Sudan has signed prohibits stoning as a method of execution, according to SIHA's statement.
Critically, the human rights group said, "this has been taking place in absence of legal representation for Mrs. Jamool and after only three court sessions, inclusive of a referral to a higher court than that of first instance, Mrs. Jamool was sentenced to death by stoning."
Sudan is one of the few countries which retains the death penalty for adultery. However, its application has not been recorded in recent years. Many of Sudan's Public Order Laws (based on the government's interpretation of Islamic Shari'a Law) are inconsistently applied.
President Omar al-Bashir said recently that Sudan's new constitution would be "100% Islamic" following the secession of the largely Christian South of the country last year.
The legal procedures in Mrs. Jamool's case, SIHA said, are in clear violation of due process and Sudan's interim constitution: