Nigeria Digest #101

Islamic Human Rights Commission
Nigeria Digest #101 (Volume 3 Issue 33) 

Take action write to the ICC urging them to expedite the investigation

We ask campaigners to demand the International Criminal Court (ICC) to expedite its processes in order to guard against the possibility of vital evidence and witnesses being eliminated in an attempt to undermine justice in the Zaria Massacre case.   We also urge UK based campaigners to please join occupy Buhari demonstration in London on 14 November 2019 to protest human rights abuses in Nigeria.

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 Free Zakzaky campaign ask people to write emails/letters to the ICC urging them to expedite the process. During this week the #FreeZakzaky protests continued in Nigeria. 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 ICC urging them to expedite the investigation. A model letter and contact details 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:
Urgent – Nigeria Zaria Massacre case 2015: Possible destruction of evidence

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Information and Evidence Unit
Office of the Prosecutor
Post Office Box 19519
2500 CM The Hague
The Netherlands

[Today’s date]

Subject: Urgent – Nigeria Zaria Massacre case 2015: Possible destruction of evidence

Dear Ms Bensouda,

I have read reliable reports that the authorities in Nigeria are seeking to destroy evidence and witnesses relating to government atrocities committed against supporters of the country’s Islamic Movement of Nigeria in relation to the Zaria Massacre of 2015.

The intelligence suggests that individuals including eye-witnesses may be at risk of being targeted as the authorities seek to dispose of anything that might connect them to crimes that are currently the subject of a preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court, foremost of which is the Zaria massacre of 2015.

I demand that the ICC expedite its processes in order to guard against the possibility of vital evidence and witnesses being eliminated. I also urge the ICC to put pressure on the Nigerian authorities and ask them to desist from such actions that violate justice.

I look forward to your immediate response. This whole case has deeply tarnished the image of Nigeria in the world at a time when it was thought that Nigeria was transforming and leaving its past behind it.Yours sincerely,
[Your name]

Contact Details:
By Email: otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int
Postal Address: Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Information and Evidence Unit. Office of the Prosecutor. Post Office Box 19519. 2500 CM The Hague. The Netherlands.

ARTICLES AND RESOURCES

IHRC Press Release: London demonstration to protest human rights abuses in Nigeria
12 November 2019

Organisations concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Nigeria are to hold a demonstration outside Abuja House in London this Thursday.

IHRC will be among several organisations urging the international community to hold President Bukhari accountable for the worsening situation in the country, particularly in relation to the continuing persecution of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.
The demonstration will begin at 10am at Abuja House 2 Campden Hill, Kensington, London W8 7AD and finish at 4pm. Click here for more details.

UK Event: Occupy Buhari – Free Zakzaky and all illegally detained. Justice for Nigeria
11 November 2019
UK based campaigners please join the protest on 14 November 2019 at Abuja House, 2 Campden Hill, London, W8 7AD from 10am to 4pm. Demand the release of all illegally detained prisoners.

#FreeZakzaky in Nigerian Capital Abuja
06 November 2019
#FreeZakzaky protest was staged on 06 November 2019 at Nigerian Capital city, Abuja. Demanding for immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah.

Daily #FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja, Nigeria
04 November 2019
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged by followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, demanding for his immediate and unconditional release from unlawful detention.

Martyrs honoured in Katsina
01 November 2019
Martyrs of Islamic movement in Nigeria, honoured yesterday at Malumfashi Town of Katsina.

#FreeZakzaky in Nigerian Capital Abuja
31 October 2019
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged at Area One of Garki District, Abuja. Demanding for immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky.

DSS Covering Up the True Situation of Sheikh Zakzaky and Malama Zeenah
28 October 2019 – Shafaqna News

Since the return of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Malamah Zeenah from the aborted medical trip to India, they have been held incommunicado and the only way to know of their health condition had been when their medical personnel were allowed to see them”, Suhaila Zakzaky announced.

In a statement, the daughter of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria said “the latest we know is that their health has continued to deteriorate since they are yet to receive the necessary treatments they are in dire need of”.

“For over the past three weeks several pre-arranged appointments for their medical personnel to check on them, have been derailed by Department of State Services (DSS). 

VIDEOS

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.

GRAPHIC: Attack on Ashura procession, Kaduna
10 September 2019 RAW

ARCHIVE

Click here to read the summary of state breaches of the ICCPR in respect of the ongoing crackdown on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria dating from 2014

Click here to read the letter by IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh to the ICC regarding the preservation of Zaria massacre-evidence. published on 30 November 2017

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