UK Ministers take up case of Mubarak Bala

Mubarak Bala, President of Humanists Association of Nigeria

The UK government has said it is looking in to the case of Humanist leader Mubarak Bala, who was arrested for blasphemy in Nigeria in April, “on an urgent basis”.

Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested after apparently criticizing Islam on Facebook.

He has not yet been charged or released and colleagues have expressed concerns for his safety. According to recent updates, his whereabouts remain unknown and he has not been granted access to his legal team.

Nigeria’s constitution theoretically guarantees freedom of expression but also allows states to set up sharia courts – which can punish blasphemy by death.

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