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African Shia Muslims Severely Condemned Persecution of Bahraini Shias

Sheikh_ZakzakyAfrican Shia Muslims stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslim brothers in Bahrain and call on the Government of Bahrain to stop its aggression against its own people and respect their rights.

I have followed the events in Bahrain over the past two months and have been shocked by the news that our brothers are ill-treated in prisons.

We in the Shia Islamic Movement and indeed the entire Muslims in Nigeria express our solidarity with these  brothers, especially the religious scholars like Sheikh Mohammad Habib Al Miqdad, Sheikh Saeed Al Nouri, Sheikh Mirza Al Mahroos, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Al Makhowdar and Sayyed Aqeel Al Sari.

The reports by the international human rights bodies like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have caused enormous anxiety among Muslims in Nigeria. These acts are crimes and the perpetrators have committed crimes against humanity.

It is also absurd to hear the withdrawal of the Bahraini nationality from Ayatullah Sheikh Hussain Najati and his family. He is the representative of Grand Ayatullah Sayyed Ali Al Sistani and this is an act of disrespect to the religious leadership.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Muslim brothers in Bahrain and call on the Government of Bahrain to stop its aggression against its own people and respect their rights.

We call for the following:

1-    The immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners in Bahrain.

2-    A thorough and impartial investigation into the use of torture against the prisoners of conscience.

3-    The prosecution of the torturers and an end to the impunity as enshrined in the Bahraini laws.

4-    An immediate halt to the naturalization process that aims at altering the demographic balance in Bahrain. This act is tantamount to silent genocide.

5-    The restoration of Bahraini nationality to Ayatullah Sheikh Hussain Najati who was born and bred in Bahrain.

6-    A constitution written by the people and approved in a referendum as is the practice in the modern world.

7-    An immediate end to kidnappings by the Death Squads, and an impartial investigation into all cases of this kind.

“Ibraheem Zakzaky” Leader of Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria

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