Nigeria: Court of Appeal reduces sentence of Mubarak Bala

Update on the Mubarak Bala Case

The HAI welcomes the news that the Court of Appeal sitting in Kano upheld the appeal of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala, ordering that his sentence be reduced from 24 years in prison to five years.

Dr Leo Igwe, Board member of Humanists International, commented:

“This ruling by the court of appeal provides a glimmer of hope for the rule of law, justice and humanity in Nigeria. Bala’s imprisonment is an affront on basic humanism and violates the core principles of human rights.”

Case of Concern

Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested from his home in Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, on 28 April 2020 in connection with a series of Facebook posts that some deemed to be “blasphemous” and likely to cause a public disturbance. Two years later, on 5 April 2022, he was convicted on 18 counts of “causing a public disturbance” under Sections 210 and 114 of the Kano State Penal Code, respectively.

If you would like, you can read more about this case on the Humanists International website.

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