Two allegedy adulterous women were recently sentenced to stoning deaths in North Sudan. The defendants had neither lawyers nor interpreters in a capital crimes trial that wasn’t even conducted in their first language.
The man charged in one of the women’s cases got off due to a lack of evidence that was for some reason sufficient enough to condemn the woman, who currently has her child with her in prison.
Two years ago, a woman’s stoning sentence in western Darfur was “reduced” to lashing after activists launched a campaign on her behalf. Since the country seems unlikely to voluntarily clean up its human rights act anytime soon, here’s hoping Oprah, or Jesus, will intervene.