Event Report – UN Side Panel on Nigeria and the case of Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement

IHRC convened a side panel meeting highlighting the case of Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 18 September 2018.

Watch the video of the event, or read more about it below. You can read IHRC’s submission to the International Criminal Court here.

Abed Choudhur

The Sheikh and his wife continue to be held in violation of a court order demanding their release from detention by the state security services. They have been held largely incommunicado since the Zaria Massacre of December 2015 in which the Sheikh was shot along with his wife, Zeenah, and arrested during an orgy of violence against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria which resulted in the masacre of 1000 supporters of the movement.

The 2015 attack is the subject of a complaint by the Islamic Human Rights Commission to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Although some 600 members of the movement had charges against them dismissed recently the Sheikh and his wife continue to be subjected to criminal prosecution on fabricated charges whose aim is simply to curb the popularity of the movement that he leads.


Suheila Zakzaky, daughter of Sheikh Zakzaky and Muallima Zeena Zakzaky
Mr. Massoud Shadjareh, Chair, Islamic Human Rights Commission
Mr. Abed Choudhury, Head of Advocacy, Islamic Human Rights Commission
Dr. Dr. Amirbahram Arabahmadi, Head of Southern African Studies Department, International Advisor of Faculty of World Studies