Free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui!

by on November 28, 2012
 

Aafia SaddiquiDec 2, 2012 –
Sara Flounders will travel to Pakistan to campaign for the release of Pakistani political prisoner Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

As part of a continuing campaign to secure the repatriation of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan, former U.S. Congress member Cynthia McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders will travel to Pakistan Dec 2 to 9. Their visit is not the first delegation. It is part of continuing series of meetings organized by Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, Aafia Siddiqui’s sister, and the Free Aafia Movement to help to strengthen the international campaign for the release of this Pakistani political prisoner held for years in solitary confinement and sentenced in 2010 to 86 years in U.S. federal prison.

A growing movement in Pakistan is seeking commitments not to allow the transfer to the U.S. of any person held in Pakistani custody until and unless Aafia Siddiqui is returned to Pakistan.

Aafia Siddiqui holds a place in the hearts of people of conscience internationally irrespective of their faith, nationality or location. There is immense international outrage about the conditions of Aafia’s imprisonment, which represents the U.S. policy of secret rendition and the many disappeared and missing in Pakistan. Aafia Siddiqui and her family have repeatedly maintained that she and her three young children were kidnapped in March 2003; while in U.S. custody, Aafia was subsequently tortured and held in isolation for 5 years in Afghanistan.

In February 2011, the International Justice Network published a report revealing shocking new evidence that Aafia had been abducted in Karachi by Pakistani security forces in March 2003. The government of Pakistan has never denied the allegations set forth in the report. The U.S. has denied and ignored their involvement in Aafia’s kidnapping and imprisonment; however on January 23, 2012, Khurshid Kasuri, former foreign minister of Pakistan under General Musharraf, admitted handing over Dr. Aafia to the U.S. and expressed his regret.

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