I feel deeply honored to represent my Islamic brothers – A Christian Friend Of Islamic Movement In USA

ASKING FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND SANCTITY OF LIFE FOR ORDINARY NIGERIANS This past Monday, 17th December 2018, I was in Washington DC – again. I was invited by the US Commission for International Religious Freedom. I was given the interesting responsibility of speaking on behalf of Shiites and Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. They could not get their Visa in time for the Consultation so I was pressed into Service in their place. I made a case and stood as an Advocate for our Islamic Brothers who…

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Nigeria: Still no Accountability For Human Rights Very – Amnesty

Despite overwhelming evidence of human rights violations, Nigerian authorities are fueling impunity across the country by failing to ensure accountability, said Amnesty International Nigeria today as Nigeria is being reviewed at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group. Amnesty International Nigeria also raises concerns about restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and continued imposition of the death penalty. “It is clear that Nigeria is not making progress in terms of bringing human rights violators to justice. We…

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Amnesty International Condemns Army Violence Against Islamic Movement

Amnesty International Nigeria has condemned yesterday’s attacks by the Nigerian Army at members of the Islamic Movement who were on a religious procession. In a series of tweets in its Twitter handle, the foremost Rights Body decried what it described as the “Needless and increasingly frequent resort to violence by Nigerian army against supporters of IMN is unacceptable.” It therefore condemned the soldiers deadly use of force on the supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria during religious procession in Zuba, escribing it as “highly reckless tactic” by the military,…

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Flashback: Lack Of Consideration Of Nigeria Religious Minority Rights

Exactly a year ago, Human Rights Defenders, a conglomerate of international human rights organizations, published a joint memo it wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations Human Rights Council, during its thirty-sixth session on the lack of consideration for Nigeria’s religious minority rights. Joint written statement submitted by the Agence pour les droits de l’homme, the Islamic Human Rights Commission, non-governmental organizations in special consultative status GE.17-16857(E) Human Rights Council Thirty-sixth session 11-29 September 2017 Agenda item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention. The Secretary-General…

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Shameless AGF: Displays Hypocrisy Pretending Commitment To Rule Of Law

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has shamelessly stood in Kaduna on Tuesday to falsely declare what he called the Federal government’s commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights. Malami made the remarks at the opening of the North West Zone Consultation Meeting on the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Nigeria. The meeting, holding in collaboration with the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), would review a draft of the Action Plan to cover…

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Human Rights In Nigeria: Sheikh Zakzaky Case To Be Discussed At UN Side Panel

A special session has been organised at this September’s session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to discuss the case of Sheikh Zakzaky, who continues to be held in violation of a Nigerian Federal High court order demanding his release from detention by the state security services. The side panel is to be held on Tuesday, 18th September from 10 – 11am (BST + 1) in Room XV, United Nations Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on the auspices of the Islamic Human Rights Commission. Panelists expected at the side panel include Mr. Massoud Shadjareh,  the Chair of…

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US’ report on human rights violations

The United States government recently released a report on the spate of human rights abuses under the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. In its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017, the US Department of State linked the prevalence of rights violations in the country to the reluctance of the administration to properly investigate allegations of abuses, especially by members of the armed forces and top officials, and to prosecute those indicted. According to the report, “Impunity remained widespread at all levels of government. The government did not adequately investigate or…

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US Releases Damning Human Rights Violations Against Nigeria Ahead Of Buhari’s Visit

The United States government has released a condemnatory human rights report on Nigeria ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit. The report said that grave violations continued to increase in 2017 while officials who perpetrated them were almost never prosecuted by the administration of President Buhari. Buhari is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on April 30, and both men would likely discuss further U.S military assistance to Nigeria against the backdrop of serious human rights violations by security forces who use the same weapons to…

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Key Challenges In Enforcing And Protecting Minority Rights In Nigeria

Being the paper presented by Barrister Femi Falana (SAN), at the Third International Quds Conference & Book Launch held in Abuja on Saturday July 29, 2017. The Constitution does not recognize the rights of minorities or minority groups but the fundamental rights of every individual living in Nigeria. The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights has gone further to recognize the collective rights of the African people. Since there is equality before the law which requires that there shall be equal opportunities for all citizens the concept of minority…

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ICC Cautioned Against Blaming Victims In Nigeria Massacre Investigation

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has written a strongly worded letter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague seeking clarification for comments in a recent report that seem to apportion blame for a 2015 massacre of over 1000 innocent people on the victims. In its Report on Preliminary Examination Activities 2017 the ICC states in reference to the attack by armed forces on supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria: “It is alleged that members of the IMN armed with batons, knives, and machetes stopped the convoy…

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