International Week to Repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan
Sunday 14th November
Rally to Return Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan
34-36 Lowndes Square
Nearest Tube Station: Knightsbridge
Ex Guantanamo detainees Ruhal Ahmed and Shafiq Ruhal
Chris Nineham, Stop the War Coalition
Rabia Zia, Tehreek e Insaaf
Spitz Yaqub AbduSalaam
Ustadh Abdullah Hasan
Imam Wasim Kempsom
On September 23rd 2010 Pakistani mother of three Aafia Siddiqui was shockingly sentenced to 86 years in a US prison. She is now likely to endure a harsh prison regime, in solitary confinement, and is unlikely to see her children again until she is eligible for release in 2094 at age 122, if indeed she remains alive then. Lawyers argued that were the Pakistan government to request her repatriation she would be returned with 72 hours. Days before Aafia will spend her sixteenth Eid separated from her family, JFAC have organised a coordinated week-long international action, coinciding with the ten days of Dhil Hijjah, to urge the Pakistani government to exhaust every avenue for Aafia’s release.
Join us in our call to return the daughter of the nation.
"There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allah, nor greater in reward, than a good deed done during the ten days of Sacrifice."
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86 years – 1032 months – 31,411 days – 753,864 hours – 45,231,840 minutes – 2, 713, 910,400 seconds
WHO IS AAFIA SIDDIQUI?
Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, along with her three children, disappeared in Karachi in March 2003. Their whereabouts were unknown for the next five years. Throughout this time, Aafia was held without charge and abused whilst in secret detention. Former Bagram prisoners testified to the presence of a female prisoner with the number ‘650’, whose horrific screams they would hear.
Following demands for her recovery by human rights organisations and the Pakistani public, Aafia resurfaced in Afghanistan in August 2008, framed with the attempted murder of US personnel. Transferred to the US, Aafia was convicted in a shocking miscarriage of justice, despite the conflicting testimony of the soldiers and lack of evidence - no gun residue from the rifle, no trace of fingerprints on the rifle, no bullet shells in the room or bullet holes on the walls. Despite the prosecution admitting Aafia was not a member of al-Qaeda or linked to any terrorist group, she was for all intents and purposes, tried as such. She was sentenced on September 23rd to 86 years in prison.
Since her conviction, she has been denied access to phone calls, mail, and any visits, in the interests of ‘national security’. Whilst the two elder children were released in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the whereabouts of her youngest child, Suleman - only six months old at the time of the abduction - remain unknown, although it is believed that he may have been killed in US custody.