IHRC Drafts Report For UN On Nigeria Rights Abuses

The London-based rights group, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has submitted a report to the United Nations highlighting systematic state abuse in the Nigerian authorities’ treatment of the country’s Islamic Movement. The report has been written for the upcoming review by the UN’s Human Rights Committee of Nigeria’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The report focuses on the persecution of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its leaders and supporters since 2014, a period which has seen two massacres and routine killings, torture, and…

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Shi’ites’ Killings By Nigerian Forces: Activist Writes Open Letter To UN Secretary-General

An activist, Comrade Timi Frank, who is the Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress has written an open letter to the United Nations Secretary-General over the recent brazen killing of unarmed Shi’ah protesters by the Nigerian Army. The letter, which was made available to the public this afternoon, was also copied to a number of foreign offices including the US Ambassador, the British High Commissioner, the French and German Ambassadors as well as the Representative of the European Union in Nigeria. The letter called for…

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Nigerian Authorities Has Completely Failed To Address Zaria Massacre – Activist At The UN

Head of Advocacy Islamic Human Rights Commission, has seriously denounced the Nigerian authorities for their complete failure to address the matter of the horrendous Zaria genocide of December, 2015 while speaking on “Human Rights in Nigeria: The Case of Sheikh Zakzaky” on the sidelines of the 39th session of the United Nations on Tuesday. He said there is a complete failure on the part of the Nigerian authorities to address or deal with what happened on December 12 to 14, 2015 and denounced the fact that Sheikh Zakzaky remains in…

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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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Falana reacts to SERAP’s petition to UN over FG’s disobedience to court

Femi Falana, human right activis,t has reacted to the petition by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on President Muhammadu Buhari’s disobedience to court rulings and orders. The organisation, in a petition dated May 11, 2018 to the UN, lamented the Federal Government’s habit of picking and choosing court judgments to obey. SERAP in its petition urged García-Sayán to use his good offices to prevail upon President Buhari to ensure the sanctity of the country’s constitution as well as respect for the country’s…

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SERAP Drags FG To UN Over El-Zakzaky, Dasuki

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations over the detention of leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, as well as the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd). In a statement by SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organisation accused the Federal Government of disobeying court orders The petition was dated May 11, 2018, and addressed to UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mr Diego Garcia-Sayan. El-Zakzaky was detained after members of…

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Group seeks UN intervention over El-Zakzaky’s continued detention

El-Zakzaky. [Photo credit: Guardian Nigeria] A justice advocacy group, Access to Justice, has petitioned the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights over the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. In a letter addressed to Diego García-Sayán, Special Rapporteur of the Human Council on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, the group expressed serious concerns about the willful disregard of court orders relating to Mr. El-Zakzaky’s release by the executive arm of Government, and its impact on the state of…

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Status of Jerusalem: The World Overwhelmingly Rejects Trump’s Declaration

The International Community acting through the United Nations has overwhelmingly rejected the unilateral decision by President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital. In a vote on a resolution rejecting the recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, a total number of 128 countries were in favour of rejecting the United states declaration, including Nigeria, as against a mere 9 countries against the resolution. Watch how the vote went: [Video] By the adoption of this resolution A/ES-10/L22, the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel stands rejected…

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Zaria Genocide: A Conspiracy Of Silence

The silence of the International community with regards to the Zaria massacre of December, 2015 is deafening. Not even the open confession of the government that it killed at least 347 of its civilian citizens without recourse to the law, nor the declaration that it secretly dug a mass grave, universally agreed a crime against humanity, in attempt to hide its criminality could elicit a deserved national and international outrage. We reflect on this via a look back at a press statement in September: While the suffering and persecution of…

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Summary of activities that Globally marked Second Anniversary of Zaria Massacre

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…

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