Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

19-yr-old sentenced to death for murdering husband who raped her

19-yr-old sentenced to death for murdering husband who raped her

Witnesses who attended the proceedings posted online that Hussein's family had abandoned her and she appeared alone during Thursday's sentencing for her earlier murder conviction.

Although, Hussein had supporters who filled the courtroom and even extended outside the room, she was sentenced to death by a judge on May 10.

Noura Hussein, 19, was given the death penalty when her hateful hubby's family refused financial compensation for the slaying.

A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and she stabbed him to death.

"The Sudanese authorities must quash this grossly unfair sentence and ensure that Noura gets a fair retrial that takes into account her mitigating circumstances". The hashtag #JusticeForNoura has been trending on Twitter with people expressing their outrage at her death sentence.

But a Sudanese Sharia court, using Islamic religious law convicted the teenager and found her guilty of premeditated murder. They say that people who had gathered outside the courthouse with anti-death penalty signs were beaten by state security troops, notorious for abuse in Sudan's police state.

"Noura's lawyers say they plan to appeal against the decision, but we also need strong global support from organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union to support her".

International human rights organization Amnesty International called the verdict an "intolerable act of cruelty". A group of Sudanese and global activists have been visiting Hussein in prison, translating letters of support from across the globe and working with her lawyers to appeal the case. A team of Sudanese activists are organising a protest at the US Capitol in Washington on Saturday. But Hussein's case was different. "She is also one the many women who refused to submit to this violence and stood up to defend herself".

Sudan ranks 165 of 188 countries on the United Nations Gender Inequality Index 2017, an index that measures women's access to resources and services compared to men, and the country has not yet signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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