The United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned the sentencing of 13-year-old Umar Farouq to 10 years in jail for blasphemy.
Umar was handed the tough sentence by Aliyu Kanu, the identical decide who handed a dying sentence on Kano musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for blasphemy, after being discovered responsible of utilizing “disparaging language on Allah” throughout a disagreement together with his good friend.
Reacting, Peter Hawkins, UNICEF consultant in Nigeria in a press release launched on Wednesday condemned the ruling given by the Decide.
Hawkins mentioned the sentence contradicts the United Nations conference on the rights of the kid which Nigeria ratified in 1991.
He additionally referred to as on the Kano State authorities to urgently reverse the sentencing.
“UNICEF at the moment categorical deep concern concerning the sentencing of 13-year-old Omar Farouq to 10 years’ imprisonment with menial labour by the Kano State Sharia Court docket at Feli Hockey, Kano, in northern Nigeria.
“The sentencing of this baby –13-year-old to 10 years in jail with menial labour is mistaken.
“It additionally negates all core underlying rules of kid rights and baby justice that Nigeria and by implication, Kano State has signed on to.
“The sentence is in contravention of the United Nations Conference on the rights of the kid, which Nigeria ratified in 1991.
“It’s also a violation of the African constitution on the rights and welfare of the kid which Nigeria ratified in 2001, and Nigeria’s Baby Rights Act 2003, which domesticates Nigeria’s worldwide obligations to guard youngsters’s proper to life, survival and improvement,” the assertion mentioned.