Rallies to Free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, currently imprisoned at Carswell Federal Medical Four demonstrations during March, Women’s History Month, are calling for an independent medical team, including Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, a medical doctor who is Aafia’s sister, be permitted to visit her to evaluate her health. Demonstrations will also demand the repatriation of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to her home in Pakistan.
Support Rallies will be held in:
- Boston on Tuesday, March 8th, 4:00 PM, @ MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave.
- New York City on Sunday, March 11th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM @ 320 Broadway and Worth
- (Department of Justice, FBI and Homeland Security in Manhattan)
- Washington, DC: March 19th, 12:00 Noon @ 950 Penn Ave, NW
- (US Department of Justice)
- Fort Worth, TX, 6:00 PM @ FMC Carswell Federal Prison
Initial Endorsers of the New York Demonstration: Aafia Movement, International Action Center, Islamic Leadership Council, Majilis Ashura NY, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, national Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, New Abolitionist Movement, NY4Palestine, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, Project SALAM, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship and Training, United National Antiwar Coalition
BACKGROUND ON AAFIA’S CASE
On March 30, 2003, Dr. Siddiqui and her three young children (ages 6, 4, and six months) were targeted in Karachi, Pakistan, in a rendition operation ordered by the U.S. government – based on faulty “intelligence.” From 2003-2008 Aafia, and her children, were separately trapped in a black hole of secret imprisonment at various overseas locations. In 2008 she was brought back to NYC, barely clinging to life, and charged with attempting to shoot her way out of captivity that same year. While no one was injured except her, and while the forensic and testimonial evidence pointed to her innocence, Dr. Siddiqui was found guilty in 2010 and given a sentence of 86 years. Read More »