Persecution of Humanists in Nigeria - appeal for help

There are grave concerns over the wellbeing of Mubarak Bala, President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, who has been arrested on account of his Humanist activism in the Nigerian state of Kaduna. The conditions he is being held in are of great concern, given previous death threats and the current pandemic. His current incarceration is part of an ongoing persecution - in 2014 he was forcibly committed to a psychiatric unit for renouncing Islam. This is indicative of the problems the irreligious have in Nigeria and many other countries.

We urge you to write to your MP via this National Secular Society link and ask them to contact Rehman Chishti (Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to get them to help secure the safe release of Mubarak Bala.

Plymouth Humanists are hosting a talk on this issue from Dr Leo Igwe (see the events menu for more details). Dr Igwe is a prominent Human Rights campaigner, who has been Western and Southern African representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and has campaigned on the impacts of child witchcraft accusations and persecution of the irreligious.  He is a research fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, received the Distinguished Services to Humanism Award and has also himself been arrested on several occasions for his work.