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UNICEF criticizes the thirteen-year-old boy’s 10-year prison sentence for “blasphemy” in Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday criticized the sentencing of a 13-year-old boy to ten years in prison for “blasphemy” by an Islamic court in the Nigerian state of Kano.

The boy, Omar Farouq, was sentenced on August 10 for making “derogatory” comments about God during a public discussion and was sentenced to ten years in prison during the day for housework which was considered “a mistake” by UNICEF officials in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins.

“It denies all of the fundamental principles of children’s rights and child justice that Nigeria and, implicitly, Kano State have committed to uphold,” he said, according to a statement released by his office.

UNICEF criticizes the thirteen-year-old boy’s 10-year prison sentence for “blasphemy” in Nigeria
UNICEF criticizes the thirteen-year-old boy’s 10-year prison sentence for “blasphemy” in Nigeria

For example, the panel has highlighted that “the judgment violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the African country in 1991, as well as the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, ratified by Nigeria in 2001, and the Law of the Rights of the Nigerian Child of 2003 .

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