Alert: Write to your Foreign Minister to put pressure on the Nigerian authorities

Sheikh Zakzaky

Background

Action required

Model email

Recipient addresses

Background

On 24th February, Sheikh Zakzaky and Mualima Zeenah had a court hearing in the Kaduna State Court which has been adjourned to 23-24 April. The Judge expressed his dissatisfaction at how the case is been handled. He said there was no way to deny medical attention to a defendant.

It has been four years now that the Sheikh and his wife have remained in illegal detention. The federal high court of Nigeria which is the highest court in Nigeria has ordered his release stating that his detention is unconstitutional and compensation must be paid. Thus making their continued detention both illegal and immoral.

Granting access to their doctors is not enough, we demand the Nigerian authorities release both the Sheikh and his wife immediately and pay the compensations.

The FreeZakzaky campaign demands the immediate release of Sheikh and Mallima and all those detained after the Zaria Massacre of 2015. For more information and further action alerts visit the campaign page.

Action required

IHRC requests all campaigners to write a letter to the Foreign Minister of their country to demand the Nigerian authorities release Sheikh and Mallima immediately and ensure the malicious prosecution of all the members of the Islamic Movement ceases immediately.

A model email / letter is also provided should you wish to use it and emails for key countries.  Please keep all correspondence polite.

Model Email

Subject:  Urgent – Release Sheikh Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah immediately

Dear [Insert Foreign Minister’s name],

I am writing to inform you about the continued illegal detention of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah. It has been four years now that the Sheikh and his wife have been kept in illegal detention.

Their continued detention cannot be justified by any means and should this lead to their deaths, the Nigerian authorities will be held responsible for this complete travesty.

I demand the Nigerian authorities end this episode with the immediate and unconditional release of both the Sheikh and Muallima. I await your urgent confirmation that they will be released immediately.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Recipient email addresses:

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

United Kingdom                     

Dominic Raab                      

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs                         

fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk

Turkey

MevlütÇavuşoğlu                   

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

http://www.mfa.gov.tr/contact-us.en.mfa

Australia                                

Senator Marise Payne          

Minister for Foreign Affairs   

Senator.Payne@aph.gov.au

Bangladesh                            

HE Mr. AK Abdul Momen, MP                                                                   

Foreign Minister                   

fm@mofa.gov.bd

Bolivia                                     

Diego Pary                            

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

mreuno@rree.gob.bo

Bosnia and Herzegovina        

Igor Crnadak                        

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

info_mvpbih@mvp.gov.ba

Canada                                  

The Hon. Chrystia Freeland  

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca

Finland       

PekkaHaavisto

Minister for Foreign Affairs   

umi@formin.fi

France                                   

Jean-Yves Le Drian                

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development                  

Web Form

India           

Dr.SubrahmanyamJaishankar

Minister of External Affairs    

eam@mea.gov.in

Indonesia                               

RetnoMarsudi                      

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

kontak-kami@kemlu.go.id

Iran                                       

H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif                                                                      

Minister of Foreign Affairs    

matbuat@mfa.gov.ir

Ireland                                   

Simon Coveney                     

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                        

simon.coveney@oir.ie

Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith                                                                   

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade                                             

ps@mfaft.gov.jm

Malaysia                                

The Hon. Dato’ Saifuddin bin Abdullah              

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

anifah@kln.gov.my / pro.ukk@kln.gov.my

The Netherlands                    

Stef Blok                                 

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

Web Form

Norway                                 

Ine Marie EriksenSøreide     

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

utenriksminister@mfa.no

Pakistan                                 

Shah Mehmood Qureshi       

Minister of Foreign Affairs     

asif.na110@na.gov.pk / fax: 051-9207600

South Africa                           

LindiweSisulu                         

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation                                      

info@foreign.gov.za

Spain                                     

JosepBorrell                          

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation                                                    

se.aex@maec.es