24th June 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the release of the Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim, who had been sentenced to death by hanging for converting to Christianity.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Meriam's case had captured the attention and hearts of over a million people around the world. Mr Shelton thanked the thousands of concerned ACL supporters who emailed the Sudanese Ambassador and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Mr Shelton said he was pleased to see Ms Bishop join British Prime Minister David Cameron, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the European Union in condemning the sentence imposed last month.

“The international pressure on the Sudanese government was immense as was the grassroots pressure from ordinary people in Australia and around the world who emailed and signed petitions."

Mr Shelton said religious freedom was under enormous pressure in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and it was important for the international community to stand with those being persecuted for their faith.