August 06, 2008

ACTIVISM; Support Aafia Siddiqui, Bagram detainee

PRESS RELEASE: Aafia Siddiqui claims she was held by the US in Bagram for years

Aafia Siddiqui claims she was held by the US in Bagram for years

aafia31Cageprisoners has received new information that Aafia Siddiqui was held for years in Bagram Airbase. According to her lawyer, Elaine Whitfield Sharp,

“We do know she was at Bagram for a long time. It was a long time. According to my client she was there for years and she was held in American custody; her treatment was horrendous.”

Siddiqui’s claim is contrary to the heavily contested position of the US administration that she was detained in July by Afghan forces while attempting to bomb the compound of the governor of Ghazni. The US has previously denied the presence of female detainees in Bagram and that Aafia was ever held there, bar for medical treatment in July 2008.

Sharp also commented about Siddiqui’s current condition and in particular the gunshot wound she has received. Not having been given proper medical treatment for the wound, there is a real concern that it will become infected as it is believed to be septic. She is extremely weak and had to be wheeled into her legal visit.

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9th and 10th August have been chosen as the dates when collective action will be taken. Please help us in protesting Dr. Aafia's treatment and demand justice.

1) Make a phone call to the embassy of Pakistan and United States, Interior Ministry of Pakistan and your local representative.

2) Make phone calls on radio and television shows.

3) Ecourage your friends and family to take action.

4) Write letters demanding a speedy and fair trial that meets United States and International standards. Demand that Pakistan intervene on behalf of its citizens.

The dates of 9th and 10th August have been chosen to coincide with Dr. Aafia's court appearance.

These are our demands:

1) The Government of Pakistan and The United States government give details of how Dr. Aafia was treated.

2) Dr. Aafia's children to handed over to Red Cross so they can go back to their family.

3) A fair and speedy public trial, where the defense has access to all documents and resources (e.g. video footage, paper documents and recordings).

4) Dr. Aafia be compensated for the injustice that has been carried out on her and her family if she is found not guilty.

thank you for all your help.

Saad Rajput
Memorial University

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