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

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


Action required

Model email

Recipient addresses


The court hearing to dismiss the case against Sheikh Zakzaky and Mualima Zeenah will resume on the 1st July 2021. The pair has been enduring a continually disrupted and delayed hearing to dismiss a case initiated against them in Kaduna.

The Sheikh and his wife have been kept in unlawful detention for over five years. The Federal High Court of Nigeria, the highest court in Nigeria, has ordered the Sheikh and his wife’s release, including compensation. However, the state authorities have decided to prosecute the couple and imprison them in the Kaduna State Prison, where living conditions pose a severe threat to their wellbeing, especially in the current pandemic climate.

The FreeZakzaky campaign demands the immediate release of Sheikh and his wife 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 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 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. Over five years now, the Sheikh and his wife have been kept in unlawful detention.

A High Court ruling ordering the couple’s release in 2017 has never been implemented. And since they were charged in 2018, the Zakzakys’ trial has been adjourned several times, reinforcing the view that Nigerian authorities are abusing the judicial system to keep them in prison in the hope that they will die quietly in custody. Currently hearing to dismiss the case against them resumes on 1st July, at the Kaduna High Court.

I write to ask your office to make immediate interventions with the Nigerian authorities demanding they desist. Your office must seriously consider what punitive actions you can take unilaterally and part of international organisations, if necessary, to facilitate Nigeria’s compliance with fundamental human rights standards.

I trust you will make immediate representations.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Recipient email addresses:

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

United Kingdom                     

Dominic Raab                      

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs                 



Minister of Foreign Affairs


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



Minister for Foreign Affairs


Jean-Yves Le Drian                

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development                  

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Minister of External Affairs



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     

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Ine Marie EriksenSøreide     

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                                            

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