NIGERIA: Demand your Minister of Foreign Affairs intervene to stop killings on Ashura

Protestors and worshippers on Ashura procession, Abuja, 10 September 2019

Use the information, model letter email and contacts below to demand justice in Nigeria


Requested Action

Model email

Recipient addresses


Police have opened fire on several Ashura processions.  Several people are reported to have been killed and dozens injured.  Heavy police presence is reported at other procession beginning around the country.  The presence appears to be targeting those Ashura events frequented by or organised by members of the Islamic Movement and not other Shia events marking the day of Ashura.  For more information on the campaign please visit this page. Video of shootings at the Kaduna procession can be found at the end of the page (trigger warning).

Requested Action

Write / email your Foreign Minister demanding they make immediate representations to the Nigerian authorities to stop these attacks, some addresses are pasted below.  A model email is also provided should you wish to use it.  Please keep all correspondence polite.

Model Email

Subject:  Immediate intervention regarding attacks on worshippers on Ashura in Nigeria

Dear [insert the name of your Minister for Foreign Affairs here],

The ongoing police and state violence against Muslims commemorating Ashura has already seen the killing of at least two worshippers and dozens injured.

I write to ask your office to make immediate interventions with the Nigerian authorities demanding and immediate halt to this violence.  Your office must seriously consider what punitive actions you can take unilaterally as well as part of international organisations, if necessary, in order to facilitate Nigeria’s compliance with basic human rights standards.

It is clear that the Nigerian authorities are trying to playing to a sectarian audience outside of Nigeria, as well as sending  message internally to people of all faiths and none who are part of of sympathetic to the Islamic Movement that they will be attacked with extreme violence.

This violence must end now.

I trust you will make immediate representations.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Email addresses of recipients

Selected names and email addresses of Ministers of Foreign Affairs can be found below.  Please contact us if you have trouble finding the details of your country’s Minister.

Email addresses of recipients

Selected names and email addresses of Ministers of Foreign Affairs can be found below.  Please contact us if you have trouble finding the details of your country’s Minister.


Senator Marise Payne          

Minister for Foreign Affairs


HE Mr. AK Abdul Momen, MP                                                                   

Foreign Minister           


Diego Pary                            

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Bosnia and Herzegovina        

Igor Crnadak                        

Minister of Foreign Affairs


The Hon. Chrystia Freeland  

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Pekka Haavisto

Minister for Foreign Affairs


Jean-Yves Le Drian                

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development                  

Web Form


Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Minister of External Affairs


Retno Marsudi                      

Minister of Foreign Affairs


H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif                                                                      

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Simon Coveney                     

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                

Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith                                                                   

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade                                     


The Hon. Dato’ Saifuddin bin Abdullah              

Minister of Foreign Affairs /

The Netherlands                    

Stef Blok                                 

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

Web Form


Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide     

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Shah Mehmood Qureshi       

Minister of Foreign Affairs / fax: 051-9207600

South Africa                           

Lindiwe Sisulu                         

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation                              


Josep Borrell                          

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation                                            


Ignazio Cassis                         

Federal Councillor          

Trinidad and Tobago             

Dennis Moses                        

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu                   

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

Web Form

United Kingdom                     

Dominic Raab                      

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs                 

Video form Kaduna, 10 September 2019 (Trigger warning)