Andrew Bostom raises a disturbing question about the case of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced by a sharia court in Khartoum to hang for apostasy. Excerpt:
Ibrahim’s naturalized American husband, Daniel Wani reports that since their incarceration a guard named Kawther Hassen has not allowed his wife and son to receive visits, including from him, or to access medical assistance. However, Mr Wani also notes that his wife has been allowed visits by Muslim scholars who have been pressuring her to ‘return’ to Islam, the religion of her father.
How has the Obama Administration reacted to the grotesque (if Sharia-sanctioned) violation of Meriam Ibrahim’s basic human rights—including the incarceration of her 20-month old toddler son Martin, a U.S. citizen?
Daniel Wani described the unconscionable indifference to his wife and family’s plight. Re-affirming what is quite evident, “My wife was never a Muslim,” Wani—a U.S. citizen—pleaded with “the government of the USA to help me.” But Wani claims that when he called the U.S. Embassy on April 9, 2014 a representative in Khartoum informed him of their lack of interest in the case. Noting that the couple’s toddler boy, Martin, is a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s U.S. citizenship, Daniel Wani also declared that U.S. Embassy officials in Khartoum have not cooperated in granting the family travel papers to leave The Sudan, and further have told him he must prove he is the father with a DNA test prior to even offering any assistance!
If this is true, then Congress should be raising hell.
UPDATE: Reader Jay_ftc says:
It’s not that simple. As it happens, one of my children was born abroad, so I know how it works. In order to get a consular report of birth abroad, which is the birth certificate and documentation of citizenship for foreign born Americans, you need to present the requisite documentation, which would include whatever birth and parent certification is provided by the resident country as well as proof of parental citizenship or other circumstances that would convey US citizenship. Without that, there is no proof that a child is actually a US citizen.
Without that documentation, the embassy is limited in their ability or even their motivation to intervene. Imagine, if you will, what would happen if a foreign embassy tried to intervene in the Louisiana judicial process. Even if the foreigners were taken seriously and not ignored, the state would demand stringent proof that said person was actually a citizen and that they had standing. There is the added complication in this case that American embassies in the developing world are beseiged every day by tenuous (at best) claims of citizenship, residency, or asylum.
So, the fact that they want to see proof of citizenship or eligibility of citizenship before they stick their neck out isn’t as unreasonable as you make it out to be.