Action Alert: Nigeria – Demand Commonwealth intervene in Zakzaky case
Write to the Commonwealth and demand they intervene in this case by writing to the secretary general Baroness Scotland QC.
A model letter / email is provided below:
Model email / letter:
Baroness Scotland QC
Dear Baroness Scotland QC,
Second anniversary of Zaria massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky
I am writing to you to ask for your urgent intervention to help halt the continuing persecution of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) by state authorities. Since the shooting of the IMN’s leader Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky in December 2015 the situation has progressively deteriorated for the movement and its supporters.
In addition to the massacres of December 2015, and the hundreds of detentions without charge, or arrests and sentences based on trumped up charges, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky the movement’s leader and his wife Mallimah Zeenah remain imprisoned without charge, despite a court order demanding their release from December 2016.
I am sure you agree that this is a most terrible state of affairs, and that the Commonwealth Secretariat must intervene to ensure that these injustices are rectified immediately.
Given the Commonwealth’s past actions in imposing sanctions on Nigeria, I urge your office to once more sanction the government of Nigeria until such a time as their political process returns to some form of democratic practice and accountability.
Further, I demand appropriate sanctions be placed against Nigeria for its continued violations of basic human rights norms in this, and other cases.
I look forward to hearing from you regarding the action your office will take in this matter.
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