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Nigeria: Court Bans Shia Group

Expand Members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a Shia group, demand the release of the group’s leader, Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky, who was arrested on December 14, 2015. © AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu (Abuja) – A Nigerian court ruled on July 26, 2019 that activities of the Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) amount to “acts of terrorism and illegality” and ordered the government to ban the religious group, Human Rights Watch said today. Nigeria’s presidency then announced the ban   on July 28.   “The sweeping court ruling against the Shia movement threatens the basic human rights of all Nigerians,”…

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