Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Human Rights Defenders Hold Vigils for Aafia Siddiqui

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Human Rights Defenders Hold Vigils for Aafia Siddiqui

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Members of the Aafia Foundation held two vigils in Washington, DC on International Women's Day, March 8, urging repatriation of Pakistani national Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently being held in solitary confinement in Carswell Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Siddiqui's supporters gathered in front of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons headquarters in the morning and outside the entrance to the Pakistani Embassy in the late afternoon, as employees were leaving for the day, to call attention to her plight.

The Pakistani neuroscientist is serving an 86-year sentence following a 2010 conviction for attempted murder of FBI agents, U.S. soldiers and interpreters in Ghazni, Afghanistan while she was being interrogated for allegedly having ties to terrorists. Her supporters, including former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, believe the MIT-educated mother of three was falsely accused, wrongly arrested, denied due process and unjustly imprisoned. …

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