ALERT – NIGERIA: Demand the ICC to expedite investigation

  1. Background
  2. Requested Action
  3. Model template

Background

The Free Zakzaky campaign asks 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.  

To read the press release click here.

To find out more about the Free Zakzaky campaign click here.

Requested Action

Please write to the ICC urging them to expedite the process. A template letter/email has been created should you wish to use it.

Model Template

For the attention of:

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

By Email: otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

[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]

Please send any responses you receive to info@ihrc.org.