Nigeria: UNICEF criticizes boy’s 10-year jailing for blasphemy

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The UN children’s agency has condemned the sentencing of a 13-year-old for blasphemy in northeastern Nigeria. His verdict is one of several others in the recent past. A Sharia law court found Farouk guilty of using “disparaging language against Allah” while arguing with a friend. Farouk is among many others who have been tried under Sharia law. Yahaya Aminu Sharif was found guilty of using derogatory expressions against the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in a song and was sentenced by a court to death by hanging. Sharif had reportedly sent the song around on WhatsApp in March, prompting angry demonstrators to burn down his family house. Sharif may appeal the verdict. The ruling has grabbed headlines around the world and comes some four years after authorities last handed down the death sentence for blasphemy.