Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui: Raise a Voice Against Religious and Ethnic Intolerance In the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

New York, NY.-  On January 17, 2012, Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui reflected on her sister Aafia as an example and a symbol of a new era of injustice within the United States.  Speaking before members of the Workers of Aafia movement, who had gathered at the Karachi press-club, she said:

“Today is Martin Luther King day, celebrated throughout the United States of America.  Dr. King was assassinated 48 years ago because he had a dream. Aafia was sentenced to 86 years because she had a dream: a dream for an educated Pakistan that would enlighten the Pakistani Nation and free its youth from foreign dependency and economic shambles.

Dr. King had a dream that there will be no racial discrimination and children will be judged not by the color of their skin but the character within. He wanted an end to war, wanted equal opportunities for all races, religions, and creeds.  Today his dream made it possible for President  Obama to be elected President, only to set aflame another series of hate and discrimination: this time it is against Islam. Once again, those who want peace are being persecuted and politically assassinated--shattering the very dream that made America a great nation.  

Dr. Aafia’s 86-year sentence is a glaring example, then there is Guantánamo Bay, Bagram, and new atrocities being unveiled on a daily basis. Today, as a great leader who sacrificed his life is remembered, the current scenario is mourned, the land of the free and of equality for all is once again being tarnished with falsely imposed fear and prejudice, this time against Muslims.  May God guide us and help save both Nations from drowning in this sea of fear. Dr. King said: ‘It is our moral duty to stand up against unjust laws and injustice because they are morally wrong.’  Let us raise (a voice) for Aafia and others .”

 
Documents filed in Amanatulla v. Obama

December 20, 2011.  New York, NY.  Today the International Justice Network (IJN) filed a Notice of Supplemental Authority in Amanatullah v. Obama, pending federal litigation about the jurisdiction of a U.S. court to hear the challenge of a man illegally rendered to Afghanistan almost eight years ago by U.S. forces.

Mr. Amanatullah is a Pakistani national who was wrongfully seized by British forces in Iraq in 2004, transferred to the custody of U.S. forces, and then illegally rendered by the U.S.to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  Although the U.S. military cleared Mr. Amanatullah for release many months ago, he continues to languish at Bagram. 

In these respects, Mr. Amanatullah is exactly like Yunus Rahmatullah, another Pakistani national in U.S. custody at Bagram.  Mr. Rahmatullah, however, pursued his challenge through the British courts, where he recently won a monumental victory: the British Court of Appeal issued the writ of habeas corpus, ordering the British government to produce Mr. Rahmatullah.

As part of its notice to the U.S. district court, IJN has filed the writ and judgment from Mr. Rahmatullah's case on Mr. Amantullah's behalf.  The U.S. government's motion to dismiss Mr. Amanatullah's case is currently pending.

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Executive Director Speaks at College in Massachusetts

October 17, 2011 Greenfield, MA-- IJN Executive Director, Tina Foster, presented her topic, National Security and Human Rights under the Obama Administration, as part of the tenth annual Henry Steele Commager lecture series at Greenfield Community College on Monday. The Commager Lecture series commemorates Henry Steele Commager, one of the country’s pre-eminent historians and a long-time professor at Amherst College, and focuses on themes of democracy, civil liberties, and civil rights. She discussed current cases against the US government and issues such as enforced disappearances, torture, rendition, and prolonged arbitrary detention. 

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