2nd Anniversary of Aafia Siddiqui’s Sentencing
PROTEST @ US EMBASSY, LONDON
SUNDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2012
24 Grovesnor Square, London, W1A 2LQ
September 23rd 2010 was a black day for justice and human rights as Aafia Siddiqui was shockingly sentenced to 86 years in prison, following a trial deemed by critics “a grave miscarriage of justice”. Join us on Sunday 23rd September outside the US Embassy, London, in recalling this damning stain on America’s history, reaffirming our call for Aafia’s immediate release to her family in Pakistan.
Ustadh Uthman Lateef
Sheikh Suliman Gani
Omar Hajaj (Head of Campaigns, FOSIS)
Sultan Sabri (Surrey Solicitors)
Faisal Hanjra (MCB)
Sheikh Khalid Fikry
Ustadh Abdullah Hasan
“Aafia is a mother and a daughter. Justice demands that Aafia Siddiqui should immediately be released. I haven't witnessed such bare injustice in my entire career." (Former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark)
“I’m so sorry for handing over the innocent Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to the Americans. It was my biggest mistake ever.” (Khurshid Kasuri, Foreign Minister under Musharraf)
WHO IS AAFIA SIDDIQUI?
Ten years years ago, Pakistani cognitive neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, along with her three children, disappeared in Karachi in March 30th 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 and was sentenced in September 2010 to 86 years in prison. She is currently held in isolation at the FMC Carswell, Texas, notoriously referred to as the “hospital of horrors”, where her health continues to deteriorate. She continues to be denied meaningful contact with her family. Despite the release of two of her children, she is unlikely to see them again until she is eligible for release in 2094 at age 122, if indeed she remains alive. The whereabouts of her youngest child, Suleman - only six months old at the time of the abduction - remain unknown, although it is feared he may have been killed in custody.
REQUEST AAFIA’S IMMEDIATE REPATRIATION TO PAKISTAN
Hina Rabbani Khar: Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad, Pakistan, Tel: +92 51-9210335, +92 51-9203824, +92 51-9056601, Fax: +92 51 920 7600
WRITE TO AAFIA
AAFIA SIDDIQUI # 90279-054
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 27137
FORT WORTH, TX 76127
BANK: Lloyds TSB Bank
ACCOUNT NAME: Justice For Aafia Coalition
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 41160960
SORT CODE: 30-94-42
JUSTICE FOR AAFIA COALITION (JFAC) was formed in the wake of Aafia’s conviction in February 2010 by a group of Muslim women activists in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. JFAC is an umbrella organisation which aims to unite and coordinate efforts on behalf of all concerned individuals and organisations striving for justice for Aafia and her children. Membership is open to all, irrespective of faith and location.