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State Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) today applauds the passage of House Resolution 439, jointly sponsored by Representative Clyde and herself. HR 439 condemns the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and urges rapid and decisive action on the part of President Obama to save Meriam Ibrahim from execution by the Sudan Government.

In addition to condemning the actions the militant group responsible of the kidnappings, HR 439 urges continued support by Present Obama in the efforts made by the Nigerian government to safely return the abducted schoolgirls to their families.  The resolution also supports the military and law enforcement advisors the federal government has pledged to Nigeria to assist with the effort of freeing the girls. 

“The United States Constitution is a universal declaration of the American people that these freedoms are unalienable rights based solely on the humanity of people,” said Representative Pelanda.

HR 439 also address Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudan citizen, who faces a 100 lashes and death by hanging for turning away from Islam and marrying a Christian man. She is married to Daniel Wani, a resident of New Hampshire and a U.S. citizen. Ibrahim is currently imprisoned with her 20 month old son, and infant daughter who she gave birth to early last week. This resolution calls on President Obama to “swiftly and decisively…save Meriam Ibrahim from execution by the government of Sudan.” 

Copies of HR 439 will be sent to President Obama, members of the Ohio Congressional delegation, and the news media of Ohio.

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