Dr. Aafia Assaulted in Prison to Point of Unconsciousness
June 4, 2013 FORT WORTH: Last week, Dr. Aafia who is detained at Carswell Prison at a US Military base in Fort Worth, United States was physically assaulted in her prison cell and left unconscious and bleeding. She eventually received medical care after two days and intervention by her lawyer, Ms. Tina Foster. Dr. Aafia was visited by her lawyer within days of the incident and is now in better condition. The Pakistani consulate in Texas also sent a high level team to visit Dr. Aafia. She has still not been able to visit with family members. The last family visit was over a year ago.
This latest "incident" underscores the need for independent medical treatment of Dr. Aafia that is outside of the prison system. It also further highlights the urgent need for her repatriation to Pakistan where she may serve out her sentence and the governments can avoid the diplomatic problems that arise from incidents of this type.
Carswell prison claims it is conducting an "internal investigation into the incident". The findings will likely remain secret.
Durban City Centre brought to a halt at FREE AAFIA PROTEST
25 March 2013
South Africans flocked on Friday 22nd March to the United States Consulate, situated in the heart of the city centre in Durban, in solidarity with the Global Free Aafia Movements to protest on the tenth anniversary of the abduction of Dr. Siddiqui and her three children in Karachi, Pakistan. The picket drew huge public interest as thousands of motorists and pedestrians of all races witnessing the event. The audience was extremely vocal and passionate chants of "Free Free Aafia", echoed through one of the busiest streets in the city. The protesters demanded for an end to the oppression and injustices against Dr Aafia Siddiqui and demanded her repatriation to Pakistan.
The protest action which was held under banner of the "Free Aafia Foundation", was supported by a number of organisations and human rights activists. The picket began with a "flash mob" live demonstration, enacting the kidnapping of a screaming Aafia in the streets of Karachi, being dragged away from her children and brutally beaten and tortured. Shabnam Mohammed, an activist who played the part of Aafia was thrown into a mock cell. With deafening screams, she pleaded for help and repeatedly cried out about the whereabouts of her children.