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ICSFT, Geneva demands for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky.

By N. M. Mafara

International Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland has released a statement on the arrest of Sheikh Zakzaky and the current human rights violation in Nigeria and demands for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky. 

The statement stated that “ICSFT in Geneva deplores in the strongest terms the outrageous arrest of the Nigerian Shia leader, Sheikh Zakzaky, and the brutal human rights violations faced by the innocent and defenceless citizens in Nigeria”.

The statement of ICSFT also calls up on the Nigerian authority under President Muhammadu Buhari “to ensure the right of Sheikh Zakzaky inside the prison in Nigeria, in compliance with international standards of humane treatment and all the articles regarding The Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which was recommended for adoption by the first United Nations Conference held in Geneva in 1955 and approved by the Economic and Social Council resolution 663 C (d -24) in July 31, 1957 and 2076 (d -62) in May 13, 1977”

Finally, ICSFT, Geneva appealed to the concerned international and regional organizations to do their best to protect the human rights and the freedom of worship in Nigeria.

ICSFT with its headquarters in Geneva works “to ensure that the accused receives a neutral and independent tribunal established by law in accordance with international standards contained in all the covenants on human rights, …” 

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