Persecuted Christian Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan; US Policy on Prisoners in Foreign Countries
June 8, 2014
To: Congressman Ed Royce
Cc: Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Others
I am very disturbed by the mistreatment of U.S. citizen Daniel Wani and his family by the Sudan government, and have some questions about the matter.
Though Daniel's wife Meriam has not acquired U.S. citizenship, her two infant children, Martin and Maya, who are in prison with her may actually be U.S. citizens.*
The State Department's website says that one of the highest priorities of the Department of State and U.S. embassies is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens incarcerated abroad, and that they monitor conditions in foreign prisons and may protest allegations of abuse against U.S. citizen prisoners when requested to do so by the prisoner.*
QUESTION: Has the State Department attempted to contact Meriam in order to give her the opportunity to make this request on behalf of her children?
QUESTION: Will the State Department file a formal protest against the mistreatment of Meriam and her children?
During a FOX News interview, Daniel said that the American consul has put the process for reporting his son's birth on hold, and it's been said that he was asked to provide DNA evidence to prove that the toddler is his.
QUESTION: Will this procedure be expedited in consideration of the situation of two-year-old Martin?
QUESTION: Considering that Daniel's daughter Maya was born in prison, will the U.S. embassy work to register her birth by helping Daniel to obtain the necessary documentation, etc., so that Maya's U.S. citizenship can be officially confirmed?
QUESTION: Will the process of granting or denying Meriam a spousal visa also be expedited in consideration of her situation?
Any other information you can provide on this matter will be appreciated. The United States needs to take a clear stance on behalf if its citizens and their families abroad.