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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag gives birth to baby girl in Sudanese prison

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Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the 27 year-old woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity gave birth to a baby girl this morning in a Khartoum prison wing.

Susanese authorities are allowing Ishag two years to nurse her daughter before the death sentence is carried out.

Meanwhile advocates protest the actions of the Sudanese government for convicting Ishag of apostasy and adultery which is punishable by hanging and 100 lashes.

Many including the United Nations are calling on the Sudanese government to acknowledge the international law which states, “The death penalty may only be imposed for the most serious crimes if at all. Choosing and/or changing one’s religion is not a crime at all; on the contrary, it is a basic human right.”

Others insisting that the international law be followed include Senators Marco Rubio from Florida, Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma, Chris Coons from Delaware, Bob Menendez from New Jersey, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire have also penned an open letter asking John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, to offer political asylum to Ishag.

The Netherlands, Canada, and England have also denounced Sudan's treatment of Ishag.