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Freedom of Religion and Belief in Nigeria — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lyn Brown: ...cause and effect; it is about poverty and destitution. I can understand the anxiety about states in Nigeria continuing to imprison people for exercising religious freedoms. We all know the case of Mubarak Bala—we have spoken about that in this place, with the same audience—but there are others imprisoned in Nigeria on blasphemy charges. We cannot just respond to insecurity and...

Religious Persecution and the World Watch List — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (25 Jan 2024)

Lyn Brown: ...violence. There are actions that we can take within our partnership with the Government of Nigeria to support that holistic approach. While I am talking about Nigeria, we are all aware that Mubarak Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, is still in prison. It has been almost two years since he was sentenced to 24 years’ imprisonment for allegedly blasphemous Facebook...

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 161A ( 5 Jul 2023)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...help. This amendment would enable tea and sympathy to be turned into the kind of response that mercifully, in that case, the Canadian Government were able to give. In Committee, I raised the case of Mubarak Bala, president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison for a so-called blasphemous post on Facebook. If he was to be acquitted or released, he...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) ( 7 Jun 2023)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...say, a maximum of 5,000 people per year, that would be a great step forward for many endangered people in many parts of the world. The urgency of addressing this issue is illustrated by the case of Mubarak Bala, president of the Nigerian Humanist Association, who was sentenced to 24 years in prison for a “blasphemous” post on Facebook. He received an excessive sentence but is at least...

Illegal Migration Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (10 May 2023)

Lord Rooker: ...that, of the so-called safe countries in the Bill, at least 10 have on-book prison sentences for blasphemy and apostasy. As my noble friend said, the president of the Nigerian Humanist Association, Mubarak Bala, is serving 24 years for blasphemy—you would have to be a pretty nasty piece of work to support that as a policy. I want to go back to new Labour—I know that is not popular with...

Religious Minorities in Nigeria — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (18 Apr 2023)

Jim Shannon: ...Minister, the hon. Member for West Ham (Ms Brown), for her passionate contribution. I thank the Minister very much; there were positives in her contribution. Our Government are pushing the cases of Mubarak Bala and Deborah Samuel, and the Minister referred to the new initiatives to promote dialogue for peace and the protection of vulnerable groups. Thank you, Ms Nokes, for indulging me a...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mubarak Bala (23 Mar 2023)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in Nigeria on Mubarak Bala.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Christianity ( 9 Feb 2023)

Alexander Stafford: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterparts in Nigeria on the case of Mubarak Bala.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Religious Freedom ( 7 Feb 2023)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...the kidnapping of 53 Christians in Kaduna State Nigeria on Christmas Day, (2) the murder of Fr Isaac Azekpili Achi in Kafin Korothe on 15 January, and (3) the sentencing to 24 years imprisonment of Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria; whether they have made representations to the government of Nigeria on these cases; and, if so, what response they received.

Backbench Business: International Human Rights Day — [Dame Maria Miller in the Chair] ( 8 Dec 2022)

Fiona Bruce: ...that the UK Government will do all they can to support the relevant resolutions at the forthcoming UNGA plenary session. Tragic cases such as the following should not occur in the 21st century. Mubarak Bala, about whom we have spoken in this Chamber before, is an atheist and president of the Nigerian Humanist Association. This year, he was imprisoned for 24 years for charges in relation to...

Blasphemy Laws and Allegations: Commonwealth Countries — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (11 Oct 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...against civilians in Nigeria. Christians have been victims of violence, but civilians of all faiths—including many Muslims—have also suffered devastating harm at the hands of extremist groups. Mubarak Bala was, as Members have mentioned, arrested in 2020 for alleged blasphemy and has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. I have raised this case personally with the Nigerian Foreign...

Nigeria: Security Situation (19 Jul 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...from other countries—to discuss their issues and similarities, to see what has and has not worked, and to support those networks. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) raised the case of Mubarak Bala. The UK Government continue to follow Mr Bala’s case closely, and I have raised his sentencing with the Nigerian Foreign Minister. We believe it is the right of individuals to...

Strategy for International Development ( 6 Jul 2022)

Jim Shannon: ...schoolgirl Leah Sharibu took place six years ago—it is hard to believe it was that far back—and it cannot be blamed on global warming. Nor can the 24-year term of imprisonment of the humanist Mubarak Bala, who posted on Facebook and was charged with blasphemy. As I said, when we look at FORB issues, we speak up for those with Christian belief, those with other belief and those with no...

Nigeria - Question ( 5 Jul 2022)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, yet in the sharia states, particularly in the north and centre of the country, these are frequently disregarded. I have raised with him the case of Mubarak Bala, a humanist who has been sentenced to 24 years despite these guarantees of freedom. Can the Minister tell us just how he engaged with the Nigerian Government at this conference—...

Freedom of Religion or Belief: International Conference — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (28 Jun 2022)

Vicky Ford: ...Argyll and Bute (Brendan O'Hara) and others mentioned the situation in Nigeria. My right hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) was the first to raise the case of the humanist Mubarak Bala. I thank the hon. Members who raised his case during the recent APPG trip—that was very appreciated—and I also raised it in a call with Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama last...

Nigeria: Killing of Church Worshippers - Commons Urgent Question ( 6 Jun 2022)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...has been made of that assistance? Are there plans to extend it even further? The dialogue also mentioned human rights for all and freedom of religion or belief—or no belief. I raise the case of Mubarak Bala, who was president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria and was sentenced to 24 years for blasphemy. I know the Government have taken the case up, but can I ask what further...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mubarak Bala (20 May 2022)

Emma Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what what discussions she has had with the Nigerian government on the imprisonment of Mubarak Bala for blasphemy; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mubarak Bala (27 Apr 2022)

Edward Leigh: ...of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions officials in her Department have had with their counterparts in the Government of Nigeria on the human rights of Mubarak Bala.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Religious Freedom: Commonwealth (26 Apr 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the recent imprisonment of of Mubarak Bala in Nigeria, if she will (a) invite and (b) support the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to undertake an inquiry into the extent to which Commonwealth member states respect the right of their citizens to freedom of religion and belief.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bala Mubarak (26 Apr 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will raise with her Nigerian counterpart the recent sentencing of Mubarak Bala, President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, to 24 years in prison for the expression of his opinions on Facebook.


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