White House Protest Corps

A Letter from Ismat Siddiqui to Mrs. Obama
May 10, 2010, 7:23 am
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1 Monday, 10 May 2010

A Letter from Ismat Siddiqui to Mrs. Obama

Congratulations on becoming the first lady of the United States of America, and best wishes for a very Happy Mother’s day 2010.

America is a land where freedom, equality, and justice can prevail over both momentary folly and long term prejudices. It is a land that promises to fill the heart with love and compassion, that promises both economic and intellectual opportunities, that promises any single individual the right to stand up and say “I can make things better.”

Those promises brought you to the White House.

Mrs. Obama, I too am a mother with two beautiful and talented daughters. I too believe in those values that America stands for, but my dreams were shattered by a brutal reality.

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Updates from the JFAC Vigil: Seven Days for Seven Years

Updates from the JFAC Seven Days for Seven Years Vigil, outside the US embassy, London which concluded last night.
A continuous presence, from 1st-7th May, to symbolise the seven years that Aafia Siddiqui has been in custody.

One attendee said, “SubhanAllah, by attending the vigil I actually feel like I am doing a little something in a practical sense for my sister Aafia. Allah knows best, but even if there is the slightest chance that the Americans may look out of the window or see it on TV and re-think about sentencing our sister Aafia – it’s all been worth it.”

A university student who joined the vigil briefly commented, “To be honest nothing we do will ever be enough to do justice to our beloved sister Aafia but what JFAC have and are doing is more than anyone else and it motivates others to get involved ma sha’Allah. So May Allah subhana wa ta’ala reward each and every one of you and bring your campaign to success with the release of our sister.”

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View photos from the vigil

Dr. Aafia Sentencing Hearing Adjourned – Aug 16th

On April 15, 2010, Judge Berman set the new time for Dr Aafia’s sentencing from May 6th to July 21st. In May 2010 it was postponed further to August 16th 2010

The Hearing will be held in Judge Berman’s court at 500 Pearl Street in Manhattan, New York. The time is currently subject to verification.

We understand that there will be two pre-sentence hearings also on June 28th 2010 and July 21st 2010.

Statement of Support – Gareth Peirce
Perhaps the most disturbing case of all, amongst the many thousands which have caused us horror over the past 8½ years; is that of Aafia Siddiqui. Since the time of her reported arrest and the extraordinary decision that she should be transported across the world for trial and not where she was claimed to have been arrested, every aspect has smacked of implausibility, reminding us of the false police accounts here of the early 1970s; where nothing had the ring of truth, but nevertheless only too easily juries would convict the innocent. Read more

Statement of Support – Caroline Lucas MEP

I’m sorry I can’t be with you today in London, on the eve of Aafia Siddiqui’s sentencing in the US. But I’d like to send my support and best wishes to Aafia, her family, and to all those who are seeking justice in this case. The circumstances surrounding Aafia’s disappearance and subsequent seven year incarceration reveal the shambolic state of the US criminal justice system – and point to an alarming degree of secrecy on the part of the US authorities. Read more

Latest Multimedia

Seven Days for Seven Years Vigil: Bruce Kent
Seven Days for Seven Years: Jamal Harwood
Seven Days for Seven Years Vigil – Rabia Zia, PTI UK
Seven Days for Seven Years Vigil – Statement from Caroline Lucas
Seven Days for Seven Years Vigil – Uthman Lateef
JFAC Seven Days for Seven Years Vigil – Faraj Hassan
The Ghost of Bagram – Moazzam Begg
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil: Day 4 – March on Blue Area Road
Islamabad 7 Days Vigil – Day 4: Fareed Paracha (JI)
Islamabad 7 Days Vigil – Day 4: Syed Bilal (JI)
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil – Day 4: Saad, President DHRP
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil – Day 4: Mrs Amina Masood
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil – Day 3: Senator Talha Mahmood
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil – Day 3: Fowzia Siddiqui
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil – Day 3: Raja Musadiq, President PTI Azad Kashmir
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil – Day 3 – Ali Ahmed Kurd
Islamabad Vigil – Day 2: PTI Baluchistan Address the Crowd
Islamabad Vigil: Day 2 – Dr Ehsan (ISF)
Islamabad 7 Day Vigil: Day 2 – Mrs Amina Addressing the Protestors
Islamabad Vigil – Day 2: Munawar Hassan (Amir JI)
Islamabad 7 Days Vigil – Day 2 – Amina Masood Janjua
Islamabad May Vigil Day 1 – Amina Masood Janjua
Islamabad May Vigil – Eng Bilal, President JI Islamabad
Justice for Aafia – SOAS Event

Aafia In the Media

Dr Aafia’s shifting to Bagram: JI calls for parliamentary investigation body – 04/05/10
Gareth Peirce’s Statement in Support of Aafia Siddiqui – 07/05/10
Govt blamed for not doing anything for Aafia’s release – 07/05/10
JI organizes protest rally for Dr. Aafia’s release – 07/05/10
Hearing deferred to Aug 16 – 06/05/10
The ‘Justice for Aafia Coalition’ holds vigil for Dr Aafia outside US embassy – 06/05/10
Maulana Asadullah Bhutto demands release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui – 04/05/10
JI to observe “Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s release day” today – 06/05/10
Fauzia rejects Taliban letter addressing Aafia – 05/05/10

Forthcoming Events

Sun May 16 @14:00 –
Our Struggle: The Case of Aafia Siddiqui

Sat May 22
Edinburgh: Justice for Aafia


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