The Case of Bariya Ibrahim Magazu

January 18, 2001

Chief Dare Bejide,
High Commissioner of Nigeria,
Nigerian High Commission,
295 Metcalfe St.,
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 1R9

Your Excellency:

I am writing to you once again on behalf of the members of the National Council of Women of Canada about the case of Bariya Ibrahim Magazu. We have now learned from a January 15 news report in the Globe and Mail that her sentence has been reduced to 100 lashes and postponed indefinitely to allow for the preparation of appeals.

Our members are gratified to learn about this decision of the court and want to thank the High Commission for its help in forwarding Canadian expressions of concern to your government. The example set by Nigeria, as a member of the Commonwealth and as a signator of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, is an important one.


Elizabeth Hutchinson,
National Council of Women of Canada