Nigeria Digest #98

Islamic Human Rights Commission
Nigeria Digest 30 September 2019 (Volume 3 Issue 30)

Another victim of Police brutality on Ashura 2019 attained martyrdom but defiant protesters continued #FreeZakzaky protests during this week.

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign and information, videos and audio and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page. The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to #FreeZakzaky and all who are illegally detained focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Introduction
Action Alert
Articles
Videos
Archive

INTRODUCTION

This week we are continuing to ask people to keep pressure on African Union by writing emails/letters, demanding justice for the victims of Assura procession attacks and release of the Sheikh and all those unjustly imprisoned.

During this week another victim of Police brutality on Ashura 2019 attack attained martyrdom after spending several days in Katsina hospital.  The #FreeZakzaky protests continued in Nigeria, despite heavy rains, read more about the weekly updates in this digest.

Please help support those injured by police brutality, and the families of those killed by the security services by donating to the IHRC Trust Nigeria Fund here.

Above all please remember all the oppressed in your dua.

#FreeZakzaky!

ACTION ALERT: 

Please send an email to the African Union and demand their intervention in this case. A model letter and contact details of the African Union are provided below. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at wajahat@ihrc.org.

Model email / letter
If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
African Union’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives

Your name
Your address
Date

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chair African Union Commission 
PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dear H.E. Mousa Faki Mahamat,

Re: African Union’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives

Nigeria has been the subject of repeated complaints over its killings of supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. African Union’s silence on this issue is putting more innocent lives at risk. Recently Nigerian security forces opened fire on annual Ashura processions and killed over a dozen peaceful marchers, arrested, tortured and injured hundreds of them.

It is imperative that you apply pressure on the Nigerian authorities so that they stop killing innocent people and immediately release the unlawfully detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah. They have been held in illegal detention for over 3 years.  You are doubtless aware of the details of his case. I am deeply concerned about their safety and security.

I urge your office to make known in unconditional terms that further violations against Islamic movement of Nigeria or indeed any other political or religious group will not be tolerated by your office or the African Union.
I look forward to your speedy response outlining the actions your office will be taking.

Yours sincerely,
[Your signature if posting]
[Name]

African Union’s Contact Details:
Email: dic@africa-union.org 
Postal Address: PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19 Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 551 7844

ARTICLES AND RESOURCES

Brothers in Kaduna defy rain and actively demand unconditional release of Sheikh
26 September 2019

Yet again, multitude of brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement in the city of Kaduna, Nigeria, have staged massive peaceful protest demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his ailing wife and several other followers languishing in different detention cells across the nation.

The protest took to the Namdi Azikiwe express way, Western bypass Thursday evening the 26th of September 2019 marching peacefully and voicing out their demand- the release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky without any conditions. 

Free Zakzaky Protest in Abuja on 26th Sept
26 September 2019
Free Sheikh Zakzaky Protest staged in Abuja today Thursday the 26th of September 2019 calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky who is detention for over 3 years illegally.

 free zakzaky protest in Abuja on thurs 26 sept 2019
 free zakzaky protest in Abuja on thurs 26 sept 2019
 free zakzaky protest in Abuja on thurs 26 sept 2019
 free zakzaky protest in Abuja on thurs 26 sept 2019

Free Zakzaky Protest in Abuja on Monday 23rd Sept.
23 September 2019
Free Zakzaky peaceful Protest in Abuja on Monday the 23rd of September 2019.

 free zakzaky protest in Abuja on mon 23 sept 2019
 free zakzaky protest in Abuja on mon 23 sept 2019

Police Attack on Ashura: Funeral of Martyr Muhammad Ma’ruf Malumfashi
22 September 2019

Funeral of Shahid Muhammad Ma’aruf  Umar Malumfashi who attained martyrdom on Saturday the 21st of September 2019 took place in his home town Malumfashi on Sunday the 22nd of September 2019.

He attained martyrdom after spending several days in Katsina Medical Center receiving treatment of gunshot injuries he sustained during  Nigerian Police attack on Ashura mourning procession in Malumsfashi two weeks ago.

funeral of shahid Maruf malumfashi sunday 22nd sept 2019
funeral of shahid Maruf malumfashi sunday 22nd sept 2019

VIDEOS

Ashura Procession Attacked By Nigerian Police in Kaduna, Nigeria 
10 September 2019
Nigerian Police appear to be firing on 2019 Ashura procession.

How Sheikh Zakzaky Responded to The Abusive Treatment
23 August 2019
Massoud Shadjareh discusses how Sheikh El-Zakzaky has responded to abusive treatment by Nigerian and Indian security forces with dignity.

An Appeal for Victims of Violence in Nigeria
Published on 27 May 2019
The Nigerian authorities have attacked the Islamic Movement of Nigeria leaving dozens dead. They need your help now. Support medical costs for those injured in police and army violence against the Islamic Movement. Support the families of those killed.

ARCHIVE

Click here to read an overview of the number and nature of atrocities committed by the Abacha and subsequent junta against the Muslim Brothers in Nigeria between April 1997 – September 1998.

Click hereto read the IHRC Action Alert in 1998, “Commonwealth foreign ministers to meet Nigerian foreign minister 8/9 October 1998

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