Full text of the letter by IHRC to Nigerian High Commission in London regarding the treatment of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria

Below is the full text of the letter written by the
UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission to
the Nigerian High Commission in London, to end
persecution of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
I am writing to express my concerns over the
treatment of members of the Islamic Movement
headed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky by the
Nigerian government.
His Excellency,
Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida
9 Northumberland Avenue
London
WC2N 5BX
hc@nigeriahc.org.uk
Your Excellency,
Islamic Human Rights Commission is a NGO
based in London; we have consultative status
with the United Nations Economic and Social
Council. Our aims are to secure the human rights
of all people and to help create awareness of
injustices across the world.
I am writing to express my concerns over the
treatment of members of the Islamic Movement
headed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky by the
Nigerian government. We have been monitoring
the situation since 1997 and feel recent events
indicate an increase in hostile action against
them by the Nigerian government.
On July 25, 2014 armed soldiers opened fire on
unarmed civilians attending the annual Al-Quds
day procession in Zaria. The procession is held
every Ramadan across the world and in various
cities in Nigeria to show solidarity with the
people of Palestine. This incident was
unprovoked. A number of young men were
arrested at the procession and were tortured,
leading to the deaths of 12 young men. The
following day the same soldiers opened fire on a
community centre in Zaria killing more people.
Three of the fatalities were Sheikh Ibraheem El-
Zakzaky's sons. IHRC has produced a full report
on this: http://ihrc.org.uk/attachments/
article/11219/Nigeria%20Report-FV.pdf
On 03 November 2015 a deadly suicide attack
targeting Ashura commemorations in the city of
Potiskum, Nigeria killed 29 injured approximately
80. There was subsequent gunfire from soldiers
who arrived at the scene and aimed at the
civilians. About half of the dead were children.
According to local sources who contacted the
IHRC the finger of suspicion is being pointed at
the Nigerian military.
On 29 March 2015 there was another deadly
attack by soldiers outside the Islamic
Movement's centre in Zango. One person was
killed and 4 injured.
On 07 May 2015 we saw a further attack on
Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky's home in Zaria by a
mob linked to state security. Fortunately no one
was hurt during that event.
The above is just a summary of some of the
incidents that have happened in the last year. As
you will no doubt agree with us, these attacks
are deeply troubling. It is cruel and inhumane for
the state to attack and kill its own citizens for
being members of a peaceful movement. These
events strongly suggest that at least a section of
the Nigerian army is totally out of control and is
committing murder and extra-judicial killings of
unarmed civilians with apparent impunity.
We are concerned by this continued and
escalating state violence against civilians and
fear that these attacks will be repeated again
during the Al-Quds processions of 2015 which
will take place in July. We urge you to raise
these concerns with the relevant authorities in
Nigeria so that the army's murderous violence
can be curbed and those guilty can be brought to
justice.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Massoud Shadjareh
Chair

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