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Amnesty International calls on Nigeria to investigate the deaths of three Shia protesters in police custody

6 August 2019 Amnesty International issued a press statement yesterday on the deaths in police custody of three members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria Authorities must investigate deaths in police custody of three IMN protesters At least 3 injured detainees have died in police custody15 injured protestors, including minors, held incommunicado for weeksPolice raid government hospital and arrest …

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Human Rights Watch condemns Nigerian decision to ban Shia group

30 July 2019 A press release from Human Rights Watch on the banning of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) is reproduced below. Nigeria: Court Bans Shia Group Decision Tramples on Basic Rights of Religious Movement A Nigerian court ruled on July 26, 2019 that activities of the Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) amount to “acts of terrorism and …

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Nigeria’s ban of Shiite Muslim group risks Boko Haram repeat

29 July 2019 A ban on a Shiite Muslim group came after a court in Abuja ruled the government could classify it as a “terrorist organization.” The ban raises fears the group could go underground, posing serious security challenges. Announcing a government ban on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), presidential spokesman Garba Shehu accused the Shiite Muslim group of running …

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Nigeria: Deadly Crackdown on Shia Protest

24 July 2019 Allow peaceful demonstrations; End use of excessive force Nigerian police fired apparently unlawfully on a peaceful protest by the Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in the capital, Abuja, on July 22, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Eleven protesters, a journalist, and a police officer were killed, while dozens of others were wounded or arrested, according to …

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50 Western figures express concern over Zakzaky’s health in letter to UN chief

21 July 2019 50 Western intellectuals have called on UN chief Antonio Guterres to pressure Nigeria to release top Shia Muslim leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, who needs emergency medical treatment.  In a recent letter to Guterres, the signatories called on the UN chief to push for an immediate release and treatment of Sheikh Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). “We write to …

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Iran summons Nigeria chargé d’affaires over Zakzaky situation

11 July 2019 Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Nigeria’s chargé d’affaires to the country to express concern over reports of Nigerian Muslim leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky’s deteriorating health condition. Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi announced the summoning on Monday, describing Zakzaky as an “eruditely and distinguished figure.” “We hope that the efforts that are being taken [towards bettering Mr. …

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Nigeria’s National Assembly on lockdown after shots fired

9 July 2019 Nigeria’s National Assembly was on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after shots were fired outside during clashes between police and a group of Shi’ite Muslim protesters, Reuters witnesses said. It was not immediately clear who had fired the shots or whether anyone had been injured, the witnesses said. Police used tear gas against the protesters, and smoke could be seen coming …

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Zakzaky poisoned in prison by Nigerian authorities – IMN

29 June 2019 Top Nigerian Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been imprisoned for four years now, is said to have been poisoned in prison, according to doctors who found high levels of toxic substance in his blood. Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) announced that their cleric was poisoned, citing results of an investigation by the movement’s Academic …

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