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URGENT ALERT: Worldwide / Nigeria - Contact the Commonwealth and African Union and demand immediate intervention in Zakzaky case

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Continued fears for Zakzaky and members of Islamic Movement


Background

IHRC continues to be concerned for the safety and well-being of Mu’allim Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, Mallima Zeenah and the many members of the Islamic Movement detained since the Nigerian army’s massacres and arrests of 12 - 14 December, 2015.

Given Saudi Arabia's role in instigating the violence against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and its execution today of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a high profile critic of its regime, it is imperative that international organisations step up their campaign for Zakzaky.

For uptodate information on the case please visit: 

http://ihrc.org.uk/activities/alerts/11586-urgent-alert-nigeria-army-advancing-on-house-of-muallim-ibraheem-al-zakzaky-

1 Campaign Point

Campaigners are urged to contact the African Union and the Commonwealth to:

  1. intervene to demand the release of Mu’allim Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, Mallimah Zeenah and all detainees;
  2. 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]

Date

[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 more than one 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

London

SW1Y 5HX

United Kingdom

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827 

Email: info@commonwealth.int

AND

Dr Josephine Ojiambo

Deputy Secretary-general(Political)

Commonwealth Secretariat

Marlborough House

Pall Mall

London

SW1Y 5HX

United Kingdom

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827 

Email: info@commonwealth.int

H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Chairperson

African Union

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

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