The global Free Zakzaky team, in coordination with Universal Justice Network, and other bodies and activists organised worldwide protests, rallies and Twitter storm to mark second anniversary of the Zaria massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and IMN members.
Campaigners from around the world, including Nigeria, Niger, UK, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Iran joined the campaign to demand justice for those detained and killed in the Zaria Massacre two years ago, during 12-14 December 2015.
We bring to you a summary of events and activities that were held worldwide:
Abuja was virtually held to a standstill for three consecutive days with #FreeZakzaky Protests Marking Two Year Commemoration of Zaria Massacre
Thousands of people took to the streets of Abuja for three consecutive days to mark the Dec 12-15, 2015 Zaria Massacre. It was the first time that the protest was being held in the Capital city fconsecutively. The protest was attended by members of the Islamic Movement from every part of the country, Civil Society Organisations, Human Right activists and the general public.
On the first day, the Nigerian Police shamelessly physically blocked the road to prevent the protesters from reaching the National Assembly complex to deliver letters to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives. The letters were nevertheless delivered.
The following day, there was a mild drama at the premises of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) when as the teeming crowd that marched to the Commission to deliver a letter to its Executive Secretary, nobody came out to receive the letter. It prompted the protesters to do a sit-in for some hours until the Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs Orti Ovrawa came to collect the letter. In her speech, she praised the legendary peaceful disposition of members of the Islamic Movement. The letter was handed over to her.
On the final day of the events, generalised procession along major roads capped the anniversary. The general peaceful and successful completion of the events put to shame all those who had tried to project the Islamic Movement as unruly and dangerous.
Protest was held in front of Nigerian High Commission in London, UK
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in coordination with Universal Justice Network organised a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in London, UK.
Protesters demanded justice for victims of Zaria massacre and highlighted plight of Sheikh Zakzaky and other IMN members in illegal detention for 2 years, since 12-14 December 2015, projecting images on Nigerian High Commission’s building.
#FreeZakzaky Protesters projected images at Nigerian High Commission London on 12th December 2017. (Press TV Report)
Protest in front of Lahore Press Club, Lahore Pakistan
Wahdat Youth (MWM) in coordination with UJN organised a protest outside Lahore Press Club to mark second anniversary of Zaria Massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and IMN members.
#FreeZakzaki Campaigners in Iran sign 100 meter Cloth
In solidarity with global Free Zakzaky campaign and to commemorate 2nd anniversary of Zaria massacre, a conference and a campaign to sign 100 meter cloth was organised by Ummah group in Tehran. Speakers included the daughter of martyr Sheikh Turi from Nigeria, Dr. Zahra Mostafavi (the daughter of Imam khomein), Ms Navab Safavi, Ayatollah Qumi, and Dr.Amir Abdollahian.
At the end, a petition was signed by the guests on 100 meter cloth and that will be handed over to the Nigerian Embassy in Tehran.
Protest in front of United Nations in Geneva Switzerland
#FreeZakzaky Campaigners in coordination with UJN organised a protest in front of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to mark the second year anniversary since the horrific attacks by the Nigerian army in Zaria, Nigeria.
Protest in Bandra, Mumbai India
#FreeZakzaky Campaigners in India showed love and solidarity with Sheikh Zakzaky and demanded justice for victims of Zaria.
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Nigeria Fails to Prosecute Killers of 350 Shiites, Amnesty International Says
Bloomberg, By Dulue Mbachu
Nigeria’s failure to charge anyone two years after government troops killed more than 350 Shiite Muslims in a northern city is evidence of official tolerance for impunity, Amnesty International said.
“The Nigerian authorities’ failure to hold anyone to account for the killing of hundreds of women, men and children by soldiers in Zaria, shows the acceptance of a culture of impunity for violations of human rights in the country,” Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International’s Nigeria director, said Tuesday in an emailed statement. “A full independent forensic investigation into this crime under international law is long overdue.” Nigerian defense headquarters spokesman John Enenche didn’t answer two calls to his mobile phone…