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Sunday, 21 September 2014 23:15

By Ibrahim Usman
Recently, Leader of the Islamic Movement His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky had addressed the UN Human Rights Commission via skype throught the intervention of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, over the International Quds Day killings in Zaria, Nigeria. Several world media published and posted the story.  Here are some of the published stories documented:

 

WEEKLY TRUST

Zaria killings: El-Zakzaky drags FG before UN

Published on Saturday, 20 September 2014 05:00  Written by Abbas Jimoh 

  Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has reported the federal government to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, over the killing of his members. 

 Thirty-five members of the group, including three of the prominent cleric’s sons, were shot dead in July by soldiers during the group’s procession in Zaria, Kaduna State, to mark the annual International Quds Day. 

 A statement yesterday by one of its leaders, Ibrahim Usman, said their presentation before the world body was facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC). 

The statement said the presentation to the UN commission was made through Skype because El-Zakzaky and another witness were denied visa to personally attend the special session of the UNHRC. 

The three sons - Mahmud was a student of Almustapha University, Beirut; Ahmad a Chemical Engineering student of Shenyang University, China and Hamid an Aeronautical Engineering student of Xiang University, also in China.

El-Zakzaky said a fourth son, Ali, was shot in the leg and is currently being treated in hospital. 

The group said it was not satisfied with the way the matter was handled by the Nigerian authorities hence it decided to take it to the UNHRC.

After the shooting, President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly called El- Zakzaky to express his condolences and appeal for calm, but the cleric turned down the appeal, asking for justice.

 THE NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Zakzaky drags military to UN over sons’ killings

20.Sep.2014 By Hassan Ibrahim - Kaduna 

LEADER of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has addressed the session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission over the Zaria Quds Day killings allegedly carried out by the Nigerian military on July 25, 2014.

Facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the presentation was made live on internet via Skype through direct link with the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sheikh Zakzaky, according to Malam Ibrahim Usman, a media aide, was allegedly denied visa together with another key eye-witness during the Zaria killings, to personally attend the special session.

 “The panel brought together members of the fact-finding team and key eye-witnesses, among them was Sheikh Zakzaky, who lost three of his sons in the massacre and Dr Musa Shuaibu, a doctor in Zaria, who treated many of the victims of the army’s attacks,” Usman said.

 It would be recalled that the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission had visited Nigeria and compiled report, which documented the facts behind last July’s killings.

 The panel centered the discussion on ‘the Zaria massacres and the role of the military’ and heard from the two key witnesses, who backed their presentations with clear empirical evidences.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission was expected to present the documented report of the massacre to the UN fact-finding mission same day after the session.

PREMIUM TIMES

Zaria killings: El-Zakzaky reports Nigerian government to UN Rights Commission

September 19, 2014-Premium Times

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, led by prominent cleric, Ibraheem El- Zakzaky, has reported the Nigerian government to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, UNHRC, in Geneva, Switzerland, over the killing of its members. Over 30 members of the group were shot dead in July by Nigerian soldiers.

 

Three of those killed were Mr. El- Zakzaky’s sons. In a statement Friday by its leader, Ibrahim Usman, the Islamic Movement said the presentation by the leader before the world body was facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, IHRC. It said the presentation to the Commission was made through skype because its leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky was denied visa to personally attend the special session of the UNHRC.

 About 35 members of the IMN, which is also known as Shiite Movement, were killed by soldiers last July during the group’s procession in Zaria, Kaduna State, to mark the annual International Quds Day.

Among those mowed down by the soldiers were Mr. Zakzaky’s three biological sons, Mahmud, Ahmad and Hamid as well as 32 other members of the Islamic Movement. Mahmud was a student of Almustapha University, Beirut, Ahmad a Chemical Engineering student of Shenyang University, China and Hamid an Aeronautical Engineering student of Xiang University, also in China.

A fourth son of the cleric, Ali, was shot in the leg. He survived, and is in hospital. The group said it was not satisfied with the way the matter was handled by the Nigerian authorities hence it decided to take it to the UNHRC. After the shooting, President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly called Mr. El- Zakzaky to express his condolences and appeal for calm, but the cleric turned down the appeal, asking for justice.

PUNCH

Zaria killings: El-Zakzaky approaches UN commission for justice

September 20, 2014 by Godwin Isenyo

Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as the Shiite movement, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has approached the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, to seek for justice over the alleged killing of no fewer than 35 of his members, including his three sons.

Members of the Shiites sect were on procession to mark the annual International Quds Day celebration in July when they were allegedly killed by soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

 Not satisfied over the way the case is being handled by the Nigerian authorities, El-Zakzaky, according to a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Kaduna by his spokesperson, Ibrahim Usman, said the presentation by the sect leader before the world body was facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission and was made live on the internet through skype.

The statement noted that the presentation was through skype since the leader of the sect and another eyewitness were denied visa to personally attend the special session.

The statement said: “Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem has on Thursday (18/09/2014) addressed session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission over the Zaria Quds Day killings carried out by the Nigerian military on July 25, 2014.

“Facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the presentation was made live on internet via skype through direct link with the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Sheikh Zakzaky and another key eye-witness were denied visa to personally attend the special session.

“The panel brought together members of the fact-finding team and key eye-witnesses, among them was Sheikh Zakzaky who lost three of his sons in the massacre, and Dr. Musa Shuaibu, a doctor in Zaria who treated many of the victims of the army’s attacks.”

The fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission had visited Nigeria and compiled report which documented the facts behind last July’s killings.

The panel, the statement added, centered the discussion on the “Zaria massacres and the role of the military” and heard from the two key witnesses, who backed their presentations with empirical evidences.

TODAY INTERNET NEWSPAPER

El-Zakzaky reports sect members’ killings to UN human right commission

By Bankole Jamgbadi on September 19, 2014@todayngr

Following the alleged extra-judicial killing of no fewer than 35 members  of  the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as the Shiite movement, in July, this year by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State, the leader of the sect, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has taken his case to the United Nations Human Right Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Shiites sect members were on a procession to mark the annual International Quds Day in July when crisis broke out between the sect’s members and soldiers, resulting in the killings of 35 members of the movement, including three sons of the sect leader, El-Zakzaky.

According to report from Punch, the Islamic cleric had, at a press conference, named those killed in that attack by the soldiers as Ahmad, a Chemical Engineering student at Shenyang University, China; Hamid, an Aeronautical Engineer at Xian University, China, but added that another son, Ali, who was injured on the leg, was still alive. 

Unsatisfied by the poor handling of the case by the Nigerian authorities, the sect leader, according to a statement made available to newsmen by the sect’s spokesman, Ibrahim Usman, in Kaduna on Friday, said the presentation by the leader before the world body was facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission and was made live on the Internet through skype. 

 The statement noted that the presentation was through skype since the leader of the sect and another eyewitness were denied visa to personally attend the special session. 

 YOHAIG

Zakzaky drags military to UN over sons killings

Posted September 20, 2014 9:07 am

LEADER of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has addressed the session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission over the Zaria Quds Day killings allegedly carried out by the Nigerian military on July 25, 2014.

Facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the presentation was made live on internet via Skype through direct link with the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sheikh Zakzaky, according to Malam Ibrahim Usman, a media aide, was allegedly denied visa together with another key eye-witness during the Zaria killings, to personally attend the special session.

 “The panel brought together members of the fact-finding team and key eye-witnesses, among them was Sheikh Zakzaky, who lost three of his sons in the massacre and Dr Musa Shuaibu, a doctor in Zaria, who treated many of the victims of the army’s attacks,” Usman said.

  It would be recalled that the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission had visited Nigeria and compiled report, which documented the facts behind last July’s killings.

The panel centered the discussion on ‘the Zaria massacres and the role of the military’ and heard from the two key witnesses, who backed their presentations with clear empirical evidences.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission was expected to present the documented report of the massacre to the UN fact-finding mission same day after the session.

THE GUARDIN

 El-Zakzaky Appears Before UN Rights Commission

Friday, 19 September 2014 21:11  Written by Saxone Akhaine, Northern Bureau Chief

FOLLOWING the Clash between soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, leading to the death of several people in Zaria, the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibrahim El- Zakyzaky, has appeared before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission, accusing President Goodluck Jonathan’s of human rights abuses and mass killings.

 Specifically, Sheikh Zakzaky was said to have addressed the session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission last Thursday over the Zaria Quds Day killings alleged to have been carried out by the Nigerian military on July 25.

In a statement issued yesterday, by the Spokesman of the Islamic Movement, Mallam Ibrahim Usman, the appearance of El-Zakyzaky before the UN Rights Commission was “facilitated by the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission”, while adding that “the presentation was made live on internet via skype through direct link with the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland”.

According to the statement, “Sheikh Zakyzaky and another key eye-witness were denied visa to personally attend the special session”.

However, Mallam Usman said: “the panel brought together members of the fact-finding team and key eye-witnesses, among them was Sheikh Zakyzaky who lost three of his sons in the massacre, and Dr. Musa Shuaibu, a doctor in Zaria who treated many of the victims of the army’s attacks”.

 Said he: “the fact-finding team of the Islamic Human Rights Commission had visited Nigeria and compiled report which documented the facts behind last July’s killings”.

 “The panel centered the discussion on ‘the Zaria Massacres and the Role of the Military’ and heard from the two key witnesses, who backed their presentations with clear empirical evidences”.

Meanwhile, it was further argued that “the Islamic Human Rights Commission was expected to present the documented report of the massacre to the UN fact-finding mission same day after the session”.