Unicef Decries Jailing Of Nigeria Teen For ‘Blasphemy’
The UN kids’s company Unicef has referred to as on the Nigerian authorities to urgently evaluation an Islamic courtroom’s determination to condemn a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in jail for blasphemy.
The boy was convicted in August of creating uncomplimentary remarks about God throughout an argument with a good friend in northern Kano state.
Kano is one among 12 Nigerian states practising the Sharia authorized system alongside the nation’s secular legal guidelines.
Muslims kind the bulk within the north.
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The 13-year-old’s sentencing “negates all core underlying ideas of kid rights and baby justice that Nigeria and by implication, Kano state has signed on to”, stated Peter Hawkins, Unicef’s consultant within the West African state.
On 9 September, the boy’s lawyer, Kola Alapinni, stated he had filed an attraction in opposition to the judgement.
“It is a violation of the African Constitution of the Rights And Welfare of a Baby. A violation of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he added.
He informed the BBC that no date had been set for the attraction to be heard in courtroom.