The Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee has concluded plans to mark this year’s International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 this year.
This will be the second year running that the event will be held by the Islamic Movement since the brutal attack by the Army in December of 2015, which resulted in the death of over a thousand innocent men, women and children as well as the disappearance of other hundreds.
Last year the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the auspices of the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee and the Shuhada Foundation teamed up with Amnesty Nigeria to mark the day with a grand event.
This year’s event will witness several different activities including a display of the pictures of all victims of enforced disappearance, most of whom are believed to be held by the Nigerian Army and or the Department of State Security (DSS).
Other activities earmarked for the day include playing active role in raising awareness that enforced disappearance is a crime and should not be used as a tool to deal with perceived enemies or those labelled and treated as second class citizens.
The Islamic Movement will openly share personal stories, via the media and or public event, about victims of enforced disappearances and the impact that these disappearances have on their families and communities.
Enforced disappearance is used as a strategy to spread terror within groups and communities in the society. It occurs when people are arrested, detained or abducted against their will and when governments refuse to disclose the whereabouts of these people.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has published close to 900 persons who have been missing since their forcible abductions by the Nigerian Army in December of 2015.