WE, MAYORS OF (LISTS OF REPRESENTED CITIES) Premised that: - Amina Lawal, a 30 year-old Muslim woman, was sentenced on Friday 22 March 2002 to stoning to death by a Shariah Court at Bakori in Katsina State in northern Nigeria for having had a child while divorced. - Pregnancy outside of marriage constitutes sufficient evidence for a woman to be convicted of adultery according to the new Shari’ah based penal code for Muslims, introduced in Katsina State. - On 19 August 2002, a Sharia court of appeal in Funtua took the decision to uphold the sentence of death by stoning imposed on Amina Lawal. - This confirmation has shocked the civil society in and outside Nigeria, especially those who have been actively campaigning for Amina’s rights to be protected. - Amina was granted 30 days to appeal against the decision, and her lawyer filed another appeal to the Upper Sharia Court of appeal in Katsina. - Last 25 March, Amina Lawal’s appeal hearing in Katsina was adjourned until 3 June. - We are deeply concerned about the pernicious effects on human beings and on their rights of the introduction of the new Shari'ah based Penal Codes in Northern Nigeria, also because these new codes establish the death penalty for crimes such as adultery and introduce cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments such as flogging and amputation. - All these punishments are in breach of international human rights instruments signed and ratified by the Government of Nigeria. FOR THOSE REASONS WE, MAYORS OF (LISTS OF REPRESENTED CITIES) APPEAL YOUR EXCELLENCY: OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND KANU GODWIN AGABI , MINISTER OF JUSTICE (???) - We call on your Government to take all necessary measures to secure respect of international laws for the prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, such as the practice of corporal punishment. - We also call on the Federal Government of the Republic of Nigeria to ensure that Amina Lawal, who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery in Bakori, Katsina State, is not executed under any circumstance. Amina has also right to a fair trial, including the right of appeal.