In Nigeria, a man named Mubarak Bala has been beaten, drugged, and held captive in the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. The rationale for the beating and confinement is that he has a mental illness. The symptoms of his mental illness are that he has renounced Islam and openly become an atheist.
Mubarak Bala’s father and his allies are insisting that he will continue to be held captive, and undergo treatments as if he were mentally ill – in order to cure his atheism. Mubarak’s mother, who helped get out news of his plight by smuggling an email-capable phone into the hospital, has been kicked out of the family home in punishment.
Associates of the International Humanist and Ethical Union have confirmed the basic facts of the case. Mubarak Bala is asking that people spread word of his confinement, in the hopes that international groups will help to gain his release.