The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to reverse the sentencing of a 13-year-old boy, Omar Farouq, to 10 years’ imprisonment with menial labour for blasphemy.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano said on Thursday that he will not hesitate to sign the execution order of a 30-year-old singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, sentenced to death by hanging by an Upper Shari’a Court in the state if there was no appeal over the sentence.
Pakistan suspended mobile phone networks in major cities on Friday and many schools were closed as Islamist groups protested for a third day against the acquittal of a Christian woman facing the death penalty for blasphemy.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam and ordered her freed, a ruling that set off protests by hardline Islamists but was welcomed by human rights advocates.