Forwarded from: justiceforaafia.org
13 August 2010
AAFIA – THE LAST STAND
Her Sentencing… Your Judgement Day
Sunday August 15th 2010
Rally From 5pm
Followed by IFTAR & TARAWEEH PRAYER
24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ
Nearest Station: Marble Arch
On August 16th 2010, Aafia Siddiqui was due to be sentenced in the US for a crime she did not commit. Her sentencing was recently postponed for the fourth time to September 23rd. Join the Justice for Aafia Coalition (JFAC) for a rally outside the US embassy to protest 7 years of detention and abuse, and the impending threat of a life sentence in prison.
Free Iftar Provided.
Bruce Kent, Pax Christi
Liz Davies, Chair, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyyers
Rabia Zia, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf
Omar Deghayes, Former Detainee, Guantanamo Justice Centre
Sultan Sabri, Human Rights Lawyer
Uthman Lateef, Hittin Institute
Hamza Tzortzis, iERA
Manjinder Virk, Actress
Nazreen Nawaz, HTB
Massoud Shadjareh, IHRC
Messages of support from Gareth Peirce and Lord Nazir Ahmed
Qiyaam (night prayers) will be led by former prisoner Faraj Hassan Alsaadi. Faraj Hassan is a haafidh al-Qur’aan who studied riwayah Qaalun ‘an Naafi’ in Libya and thereafter travelled to Pakistan where he obtained ijaaza in the Riwayah of Hafs ‘an ‘Aasim and studied the riwayah of Khalaf ‘an Hamza. He is currently still studying the remainder of the Qira’aat.
What response will you give when asked: where were you?
Stand with Aafia before your standing on Judgement Day.
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 will be sentenced on 16th August and faces a maximum sentence of life 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.
THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN… HOW TO HELP AAFIA BEFORE SEPTEMBER 23rd:
REQUEST AAFIA’S IMMEDIATE REPATRIATION TO PAKISTAN
WRITE TO AAFIA
Use our new Aafia postcard to send her a Ramadhan or Eid greeting.
Aafia Siddiqui # 90279-054, MDC Brooklyn, Metropolitan Detention Center, PO Box 329002, Brooklyn, NY 11232
BANK: Lloyds TSB Bank
ACCONT NAME: Justice For Aafia Coalition
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 41160960
SORT CODE: 30-94-42
Organise events. Ask your local mosque to dedicate the Friday sermon in the run up to the sentencing
Write to the media
Wear our JFAC ‘650’ badge and a purple awareness ribbon in solidarity with Aafia
Change your Facebook profile to the JFAC logo in an online protest in the run up to the sentencing.
Volunteer for JFAC
JUSTICE FOR AAFIA COALITION (JFAC), an umbrella organisation aiming to unite all concerned individuals and organisations to ensure justice for Aafia , 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. Membership is open to all, irrespective of faith and location and currently spans five continents.
To join the campaign:
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