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Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice
Abubakar Malami
Ministry of Justice
New Federal Secretariat Complex
5th Floor Shehu Shagari Way Maitama
P.M.B 192 Garki
Abuja
NIGERIA


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Dijk en Waard, June 2022

 

Dear Honourable Attorney General,

 

I am writing You as a person who is concerned with the respect of Human Rights, therefore I like to express my great concern about the situation of

MUBARAK BALA

 

The prominent Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment on April 5, 2022 under criminal charges for breaching public peace through his Facebook posts of April 2020 in which he expressed his beliefs. Mubarak Bala was arrested on April 28, 2020 and charged with blasphemy. On December 21, 2020 a Federal High court ordered his release and dropped the charges, but the authorities continued to keep him in custody.

 

I urge the Nigerian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mubarak Bala and quash his conviction as he has been convicted for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, thought and belief. Pending his release, please ensure that Mubarak Bala has full access to his family, lawyer, and adequate healthcare, and that he is not ill-treated..

 

Thank you for your attention in this important matter, I am looking forward to your reply and positive news about Mubarak Bala.

 

Yours sincerely and respectfully,



 

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