Islamic Human Rights Commission
NIGERIA DIGEST 16 DECEMBER 2017 (Volume 1 Issue 13)
Articles and Resources Digest
Welcome to the Nigeria Digest. In this issue you will find an overview of the last week’s events, including details of the global demonstrations and social media campaigns marking the second anniversary of the Zaria Massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.
This week we request campaigners to continue demanding your local MP’s to raise this issue in Parliament, demand the immediate release of the Sheikh and all those unjustly imprisoned, and justice for the victims of Zaria massacre.
Please Click here to read IHRC report to ICC for factual information and crimes committed by the Nigerian Army, it is based on eyewitness accounts and other supporting materials.
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Name of your MP
Dear MP (Name),
Second anniversary of Zaria massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky
December 2017 mark the second anniversary of horrendous Zaria massacre and illegal detention of IMN leader Sheikh Zakzaky and hundreds of IMN members.
I am writing to you to raise this issue in Parliament to demand justice for Zaria Massacre, immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and halt the continuing persecution of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
In addition to the massacres of December 2015, and the hundreds of detentions without charge, or arrests and sentences based on trumped up charges, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky the movement’s leader and Mallimah Zeenah remain imprisoned without charge despite a court order demanding their release from December 2016.
I am sure you agree that this is unacceptable state of affairs, and that the Government must intervene to ensure that these injustices are rectified immediately.
I urge your office to take this issue to Parliament and take all necessary actions against the government of Nigeria until such a time as their political process returns to some form of democratic practice and due process.
Further, I demand immediate sanctions be placed against Nigeria for its continued violations of basic human rights norms in this and other cases.
I look forward to hearing from you regarding the action your office will take in this matter.
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ARTICLES AND RESOURCES
World-Wide #FreeZakzaky Protests to mark second anniversary of Zaria massacre
12-15 December 2017
The global Free Zakzaky team, in coordination with Universal Justice Network, organised worldwide protests and a Twitter storm to mark second anniversary of the Zaria massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and IMN members. Campaigners from around the world, including Nigeria, UK, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Iran joined the campaign to demand justice for those detained and killed in the Zaria Massacre two years ago, during 12-14 December 2015.
A phenomenal Twitter storm on 12th of December, 2017 marked the second year anniversary of the Zaria massacre carried out by the brutal government of Muhammadu Buhari against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. #FreeZakzaky started trending at 3pm GMT on 12th December and this lasted for over 24 hours.
Thousands of people took to street in Abuja marking the Dec 12-15, 2015 Zaria Massacre. The protest was attended by Muslims brothers and sisters, Civil Society Organisations, Human Right activists and the general public.
Watch following video how the Nigerian Police shamelessly physically blocked the road to prevent the protesters from reaching the National Assembly complex.
Protest in front of Nigerian High Commission in London UK
12 December 2017
IHRC in coordination with Universal Justice Network organised a protest at Nigerian High Commission in London UK. Protesters demanded justice for victims of Zaria massacre and highlighted plight of Sheikh Zakzaky and other IMN members in illegal detention for 2 years, since 12-14 December 2015, projecting images on Nigerian High Commission’s building.
Protest in front of Lahore Press Club, Lahore Pakistan
12 December 2017
Wahdat Youth (MWM) in coordination with UJN organised a protest outside Lahore Press Club to mark second anniversary of Zaria Massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and IMN members.
#FreeZakzaki Campaigners in Iran sign 100 meter Cloth
14th December 2017
In solidarity with global Free Zakzaky campaign and to commemorate 2nd anniversary of Zaria massacre a conference and a campaign to sign 100 meter cloth was organised by Ummah group in Tehran. Speakers included The daughter of martyr Tori from Nigeria who was the successor of Sheykh Zakzaki, Dr. Zahra Mostafavi (the daughter of imam khomeini), Ms Navab Safavi, Ayatollah Qumi, Dr.Amir Abdollahian, at the end a petition was signed by the guests on 100 meter cloth and it will be handed over to the Nigerian Embassy in Iran.
Protest in front of United Nations in Geneva Switzerland
15 December 2017
#FreeZakzaky Campaigners in coordination with UJN organised a protest in front of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to mark the second year anniversary since the horrific attacks by the Nigerian army in Zaria, Nigeria…
Protest in Bandra, Mumbai India
15 December 2017
#FreeZakzaky Campaigners in India showed love and solidarity with Sheikh Zakzaky and demanded justice for victims of Zaria.
Nigeria Fails to Prosecute Killers of 350 Shiites, Amnesty International Says
12 Dec 2017, Bloomberg, By Dulue Mbachu
Nigeria’s failure to charge anyone two years after government troops killed more than 350 Shiite Muslims in a northern city is evidence of official tolerance for impunity, Amnesty International said.
“The Nigerian authorities’ failure to hold anyone to account for the killing of hundreds of women, men and children by soldiers in Zaria, shows the acceptance of a culture of impunity for violations of human rights in the country,” Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International’s Nigeria director, said Tuesday in an emailed statement. “A full independent forensic investigation into this crime under international law is long overdue.” Nigerian defense headquarters spokesman John Enenche didn’t answer two calls to his mobile phone…
Zaria Massacre Anniversary Documentary
13 December 2017
Last year this time, during the first year anniversary of the Zaria massacre, the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee in conjunction with the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) produced an anniversary video documentary to mark the occasion. A year later, we present to you that video for a background to the ongoing persecution of the members of the IMN by the Buhari regime. Click here to watch the video
There was mild drama today at the premises of the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja when members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led a peaceful free Zakzaky procession to the Commission as part of the activities commemorating the second year since the brutal Zaria massacre by the Nigerian army against its members.
On arrival at the Human Rights complex however, nobody from the officials of the Commission was ready to receive the protesters, as all key officers of the Commission remained indoor, neglecting the mammoth crowd occupying the entire environs…
Letter from IMN to National Human Rights Commission
13 December 2017
“You are mute and You keep blind eye, even to rights abuses within perimeter of the Commission”. Letter written to the NHRC Abuja that they only reluctantly collected on the occasion of the second year of Zaria massacre and the continuing denials of our rights, read the full letter here
The UK High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, has attracted a wide range of responses with his Twitter post on Zaria Massacre on the second year anniversary of the horrendous killings of unarmed citizens by fully armed Nigerian army…
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, commemorated the second year since the horrendous attack in Zaria. The commemoration held in Abuja between the 12th and 14th December, 2017 and involved peaceful #FreeZakzaky processions over the three days, letter writings to the National Assembly and the National Human Rights Commission, engagement with the media, activists and the general public. Other activities peacefully conducted include advocacy visits to Embassies of foreign countries & Twitter storm.
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