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PublishDate: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 05:15

Human Rights Watch denounces Nigeria ban on Islamic movement of Sheikh Zakzaky

A court in the capital Abuja ruled that activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) amount to “acts of terrorism and illegality” and ordered the government to ban the religious group.
The move drew criticism from New York-based Human Rights Watch.
“The sweeping court ruling against the Shia movement threatens the basic human rights of all Nigerians,” said the HRW’s Nigeria researcher, Anietie Ewang. “The government should seek to reverse the ban, which prohibits the religious group’s members from exercising their right to meet and carry out peaceful activities.”
He also warned that the ban “may portend an even worse security force crackdown on the group, which could have dire human rights implications throughout Nigeria.”
The ban runs contrary to the Nigerian constitution and international human rights law, which guarantee the rights to freedom of religion, association and expression, the HRW added.
Ewang also w

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