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Humanist Canada calls for release of Nigerian Humanist President

May 5, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Humanist Canada

Numbering: Issue 1.B, Idea: African Freethinking

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: African Freethinker

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Issue Publication Date: TBD

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 363

Keywords: Africa, humanism, Humanist Canada, Humanists International, Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson, Mubarak Bala, Scott Douglas Jacobsen.

Humanist Canada calls for release of Nigerian Humanist President[1],[2]

VANCOUVER, British Columbia May 5, 2020 PRLog — Canadian Humanists are supporting calls from Humanists International to have Mubarak Bala released from a Nigerian jail. Bala, who is president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested by Nigerian police April 28 following a complaint the had insulted the prophet Mohammed in a social media post. Bala, who is a former Muslim, has been arrested without formal charges. Bala’s lawyer has not been allowed access to his client.

“The right to be charged within 24 hours of arrest and the right to legal counsel are enshrined in Nigerian law. In addition, we would request: if Mr. Bala is charged with a crime, then the charge is, or those charges are, heard in a secular as opposed to an Islamic court, as he is a humanist, atheist, and former Muslim,” said Scott Jacobsen, international rights spokesman for Humanist Canada. Humanist Canada Vice-President, Lloyd Robertson, said Canadians can support Mr. Bala’s defence campaign organized by Humanists International by visiting:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/free-mubarak-bala

He added that international support is important for the protection of minorities.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Humanist Canada Board

[2] Individual Publication Date: May 5, 2020: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/humanist-canada-bala.

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