posted on Nov, 14 2002 @ 04:32 AM
Nigeria: Death by stoning upheld in the case of Amina Lawal
Amnesty International is gravely concerned at today's decision by a Sharia court of appeal in Funtua in Katsina State, Nigeria, to uphold the
sentence of death by stoning imposed on Amina Lawal, a young Nigerian woman who is alleged to have had a child out of wedlock.
"This judgement is incompatible with the Nigerian constitution and also with Nigeria's legal obligations under international human rights law and
the African Charter for Human and People Rights," the organization said, adding that "the practice of stoning to death is the ultimate form of
torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment prohibited by both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the
Convention against Torture."