Amnesty slams death penalty for raped Sudanese teenager

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There, 19-year-old Noura Hussein was sentenced to death Thursday for the stabbing death of her husband, whom she says she was made to marry and who then raped her with the help of his family.

A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and she stabbed him to death. Meanwhile, also launched an online petition on her behalf.

Rights groups are pushing for her pardon with an activist from the Afrika Youth Movement, Badr Eldin Salah telling Reuters that "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".

In recent years, women and children's rights activists have increasingly campaigned against forced marriages of girls and marriage of underage girls, a widespread phenomenon in Sudan given that Sudanese law allows children over the age of 10 to marry.

Forced to marry at 15, Hussein ran away from home and sought refuge with her aunt for three years. "Noura has been raped by her husband".

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The death sentence was passed by a judge in a courtroom in Omdurman, Sudan, on Thursday, May 10. "In many countries, victims like Noura would be provided services to ensure that they overcome the trauma of their experiences", said Equality Now's Global Director Yasmeen Hassan. Groups such as Equality Now are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency. People gathered to support Noura for her last trial. A team of Sudanese activists are organising a protest at the US Capitol in Washington on Saturday.

Human rights groups are calling for her conviction to be overturned.

UN Women says violence against women and girls is considered prevalent.

Sudan is marked 165 out of 188 in the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Development Index, which quantifies gender inequality using income levels, political representation, reproductive health, maternal mortality rates and other measures.

"Noura Hussein's life-long wish was to become a teacher but she ended up being forced to marry an abusive man who raped and brutalised her", Magango added.

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