URGENT ALERT: Evidence of mass graves; call for Nigeria to be suspended from Commonwealth and Afrcian Union

URGENT ALERT: Evidence of mass graves; call for Nigeria to be suspended from Commonwealth and Afrcian Union

1. Update

2. Campaign Point

3. Specimen Letter and addresses

  1. Update

Updated at 10.55 GMT, 17 December 2015

Nuhu Muhammad, who was shot and detained without access to healthcare, died in his cell this morning.

IHRC has received further credible data and testimonies indicating that the Nigerian army has buried bodies in mass graves. IHRC calls on the African Union, the United Nations and the Commonwealth to suspend Nigerian membership and privileges, and to take imediate action to secure the release of all those detained.

  1. Campaign Point

Campaigners are urged to contact the African Union and the Commonwealth to demand that Nigeria’s membership and privileges be suspended, pending restorative justice for those killed and detained.

A specimen letter is given below. Please let IHRC know of any responses you receive by emailing info@ihrc.org.

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3. Specimen letter and addresses

[Your name]

[Your address if posting]


[Name of recipient]

[Address / Email]

Dear [Insert name here]

re: The killing spree of the Nigerian army in Zaria and related abuses

You are doubtless aware of the killing of at least one thousand unarmed civilians in Zaria, Nigeria since the weekend. In the aftermath of these killings numerous people are missing, others are illegally detained either by the army or police.

At least one detainee has given birth whilst in custody, another has died having been shot and then denied medical attention. Many others are injured and it is unclear as to whether they are getting proper medical attention.

I urge your office to send a delegation to Nigeria immediately to demand access to all the prisoners including the leader of the Islamic Movement, Mu’allim Ibraheem el-Zakzaky who is both injured and detained. Your office must demand the immediate release of all those held. In the meantime your office must suspend Nigerian membership of your organisation as well as any privileges it may have.

I look forward to your urgent action in this matter and your speedy response to my email.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature if posting]

[Your name]

Who to send the specimen letter to:

Kamalesh Sharma

Secretary General

Commonwealth Secretariat

Marlborough House

Pall Mall 



United Kingdom

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827 

Email: info@commonwealth.int

H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma


African Union

Email / Message them via this form http://www.au.int/en/contact

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