Nigeria Digest #112

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
22 March 2020
Nigeria Digest #112 (Volume 3 Issue 44) – Take Action Write to the Commonwealth

Islamic movement marked annual Shuhada day as the protests continued in Nigeria. 

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign, information, videos, 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
During this week Islamic movement of Nigeria marked annual Shuhada day and the #FreeZakzaky protests continued in Nigeria. .

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:

Click hereto send an email to the Commonwealth and demand their intervention in this case. A model letter and contact details of the Commonwealth 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:
Demand Commonwealth to intervene and save innocent lives in Nigeria

Your name
Your address
Date
Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5HX

Dear Baroness Scotland QC,
Re: Commonwealth’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. The Commonwealth’s silence on this issue is putting more innocent lives at risk. Nigerian security forces have continuously attacked various peaceful demonstrations of the Islamic movement, killing dozens of peaceful protesters, while arresting, torturing, and injuring hundreds of them. 

It is imperative that you apply pressure on the Nigerian authorities so 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 four years.  You are doubtless aware of the details of his case. I am deeply concerned for their safety and security.

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

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

Commonwealth’s Contact Details:
Email: info@commonwealth.int
Postal Address: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827

ARTICLES AND RESOURCES

Annual Shuhada Day Marked in Abuja
21 March 2020
Islamic movement in Nigeria, marked annual Shuhada Day (Martyrs Day). It’s the day marked for remembering the martyrs of Islamic movement, killed by @NigeriaGov for the past 30 years. At Abuja, Nigerian Capital city.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja
17 March 2020
#FreeZakzaky daily protest was staged by followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, demanding his immediate and unconditional release from unlawful detention. At Area 1 of Garki, FCT Abuja.

#FreeZakzaky Protests Continued in Nigeria
16 March 2020
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged by unrelenting followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H), demanding for immediate and unconditional release of the ailing Sheikh and his wife Malama Zeenah. At AYA area of Asokoro, FCT Abuja.

VIDEOS

RAW: Police allegedly fire on demonstrators in Abuja, Nigeria
Published on 22 July 2019
Police opened fire with live ammunition on peaceful Free Zakzaky protesters on 23 July 2019. A senior police officer was also reportedly killed by police fire. This video from eyewitnesses purports to show police firing at protesters.

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.

July 1998: IHRC called on Nigerian regime of General Abubakr Salamu to release Mu’allim Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic opposition, and all political prisoners from the Muslim Brothers,Click Here to read the details.

April 1998: Zeenah Ibrahim, wife of Mu’allim Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky and six of her children aged between 17 months and 11 years of age were charged with inciting hatred of Nigerian government and insulting President of the military junta, Click Here to read the details.
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