6:30pm, Saturday 22nd May, Augustine Church,
41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
Speakers: Aamer Anwar, Mujahid Islam
Organised by SACC and the Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh
Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani woman who has lived and studied in America. She is currently Prisoner Number 90279-054 in New York’s Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Centre.
In 2003 Aafia “disappeared” along with her three children while visiting her mother in Pakistan. Evidence now shows that she was “Prisoner 650” in the notorious Bagram. As a US Detainee she was given no rights to question her treatment and has suffered physical and mental torture.
In 2008 she was taken to the US to stand trial. After all the investigations done on her, the only thing they charged her with was “assaulting and attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan” while she was in prison. She was convicted in March 2010 on flimsy evidence.
In the Brooklyn Detention Centre she is being denied phone calls and letters while she awaits sentencing (scheduled for 16 August). This is inhuman and she is becoming very ill.
SACC is a member of the Justice for Aafia Coalition, an umbrella body of organisations campaigning for the release and return to Pakistan of Aafia Siddiqui and for the opening of a full investigation into the circumstances of her detention and the fate of her children. We are also demanding that while Aafia Siddiqui remains in US custody she must be treated humanely. The humiliating and degrading strip and cavity searches must stop. She must be allowed contact with her family. She must be allowed letters, phone calls, visits and reading material.