Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: BREAKING report



A US jury last month convicted Aafia Siddiqui, a neuro-scientist specializing in cognitive teaching from MIT, of trying to kill US servicemen. AFP (File Photo) Other photos taken from internet sites reporting Dr. Aafia Siddiqui protests in US, Pakistan and UK - The tall poster behind small boy may show an Aafia image from FBI composite with Dr. Siddiqui's driver's license which is simiilar to one shown on Wikipedia.

Newly-formed Justice For Aafia Coalition (JFAC) indicates "New Abuse Revelations":
"Aafia Siddiqui Forced to Walk Naked Over the Qur’an"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30th 2010
Contact: info@justiceforaafia.org

As hundreds of concerned citizens (were) holding a Day of Remembrance in Pakistan to commemorate the seventh anniversary of her disappearance, the Justice for Aafia Coalition revealed for the first time, in the English language, specific harrowing details of the abuse Aafia Siddiqui was forced to endure in the years spent in secret detention.

During the course of an interview by Kamran Shahid on Pakistan’s Front Line, screened 26th March, Siddiqui’s mother and sister described (in public) for the first time the various forms of torture she underwent at the hands of US agents. This included being:

* forcefully stripped by six men and then repeatedly sexually abused
* beaten with rifle butts until she bled
* bound to a bed, with her hands and feet tied whilst unspecified forms of
torture were administered to the soles of her feet and head
* injected with unknown substances
* dragged by her hair
* having her hairs pulled out one by one
* forced to walk on the Qu’ran which had been desecrated in her cell whilst naked

Maryam Hassan, founder of the Justice for Aafia Coalition (JFAC), commented:

“These most recent horrific revelations shine a light for the first time on years of detention shrouded until now in darkness and mystery. Forced nudity, violent sexual abuse, the desecration of the Qu’ran, video-taped torture sessions have become infamous hallmarks of US detention since the start of the War on Terror, from Bagram to Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.

The Obama administration must immediately disclose any video evidence in its possession relating to Ms Siddiqui’s detention and torture. The American public has a right to know what is being carried out in its name as much as the Pakistani public are deserving of knowing the horrendous abuse one of their citizens has been subjected to. “

For the full interview, transcribed and translated into English please visit:

To view the FRONT-LINE special program March 26th video recording of the interview in URDU, GO here
ENGLISH Subtitles to be added soon.

Find this JFAC on Facebook: here

SEE TRAILER featured by JFAC here

Additional Facebook Page here

Here following are just two of many items I've posted on my blogsite oneheartforpeace dot blogspot dot com about Dr. Siddiqui (look to the right column to see many more for each day of the trial.) I sat in on the complete trial where I also took notes each day and made many observations.

Aafia Siddiqui was her own star witness here

Aafia Siddiqui Trial Falters here

There is to be a WORLD-WIDE internet seminar - a WEBINAR - concerning Dr. Siddiqui on 8 PM ET FRIDAY (6 am SATURDAY in Karachi) with key people including Tina Foster, Yvonne Ridley and Aafia's brother. Tina is a lawyer with the International Justice Network. For details about this internet seminar - GO - here

And while at that site, find out about another alarming case of great concern for April here

SEE more related items to be posted both below and to follow...

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2 comments:

Connie said...

Two sources for latest Stephen Lendman article originally published in The Baltimore Chronicle:

http://www.theprogressivemind.info/?p=34965

http://baltimorechronicle.com/2010/033110Lendman.shtml

Connie said...

For those who are quite upset and confused at to key debates today in light of the "war on terror" and the "Muslim response" in all it's varieties, you may want to see the responses of Ahmad Sahib here among others who seems to stay calm while offering an alternative to violence again and again:

http://muslimmatters.org/about/

http://muslimmatters.org/2010/03/22/a-message-to-muslim-youth-in-response-to-anwar-al-awlaki/