Dear Amnesty Member,
are very pleased to announce that a Sharia Court in Nigeria
overturned Amina Lawal's death sentence earlier today. Thanks
to all of you who took action on this case. Your efforts have
made a difference!
to her defense lawyer, Amina Lawal, who had been sentenced to
death by stoning because she had a child outside of marriage,
was freed on the grounds that neither the conviction nor the
confession were legally valid.
International is thrilled that Amina Lawal's life has been spared,"
commented Curt Goering, Senior Deputy Executive Director for
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). "We congratulate the
millions of activists in Nigeria and around the world who voiced
their opposition to such a cruel and unusual punishment. This
verdict is a reaffirmation of the power of a grassroots movement.
We will continue our work against the death penalty in Nigeria
in the hopes that others will not have to endure such a harrowing
ABOUT AMINA LAWAL
March 2002, Amina Lawal was sentenced to stoning to death by
a Sharia court in Bakori in the Katsina State of northern Nigeria.
had allegedly confessed to having had a child while divorced.
Under the new Sharia-based penal code, which applies to Muslims
only, pregnancy outside of marriage constitutes sufficient evidence
for a woman to be convicted of adultery.
November 2002, The Oprah Winfrey Show aired a special segment
on Amina Lawal's case. The segment kicked off a joint venture
between The Oprah Winfrey Show and Amnesty International USA
to send one million messages to the Nigerian government protesting
the sentence. In the end, more than 1.2 million messages were
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