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Dreadful Nonsense

"I've read your blog. it's really funny. you should write a column." - Jon Ronson

Many people will have already heard of the case of Amina Lawal, who has been sentenced to death by a Nigerian court for the crime of adultery. Hidden beneath news of SARS and war, last week the Nigerian Supreme Court upheld the decision.

She is to be buried up to her neck and stoned to death. The execution, which was postponed so that she could continue to breastfeed her baby, has now been set for 3 June.

If you haven't been following this case, Lawal's baby is regarded as the 'evidence' of her adultery. A campaign against the sentence is being handled by the Spanish branch of Amnesty International, which is attempting to put together enough signatures to make the Nigerian government rescind the death sentence. This sort of concerted campaign saved another Nigerian woman who had been condemned in similar circumstances.

It will only take you a few seconds to sign Amnesty's online petition. Go to http://www.amnistiaporsafiya.org and enter your first name in the space marked 'nombre', last name ('apellidos'), county ('provincia'), country, and in the drop-down box pick 'Reino Unido' for United Kingdom or 'Irlanda' for Ireland. Then click on 'Seguir' and go to the second page. There you have the option of entering your email address if you wish to receive follow-up information. In any case, be sure to click on 'aceptar' to have your name added to the petition list.


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