Guantanamo - 20 years on
Justice for Aafia
Global Virtual Rally
  • Thursday 24 March 2022
  • 6pm (UK Time) - 1pm (ET) - 10pm (Pakistan)


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What this is about ...

Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani neuroscientist who obtained her PhD from MIT. In March 2003, Aafia and her children were kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, and held at a black site for 5 years, before being extra-legally sent to the US.

In 2010, after what many saw as a "show trial", she was sentenced in the U.S. to 86 years in prison on fabricated charges. Today, Dr Aafia is being held at federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas under extremely punitive and dehumanizing conditions.  

Aafia turned 50 years old this month, and next year marks 20 years since her kidnapping.

Aafia has well-wishers all around the world, and for the first time, the Coalition for Civil Freedoms (US) and CAGE (UK) will gather her supporters from four continents to  join forces online to demand her release.

Especially, Aafia's sister, Dr Fowzia, and her lawyers will join this virtual rally to share with us the latest news and updates on Aafia's situation.

Join Leena Al Arian and Moazzam Begg for this unique event that will bring together Aafia’s family, lawyers, organisers and former prisoners across continent.

Supported by:

Aljamaa party - Capetown South Africa
CAIR New Jersey - USA
Defence of Human Rights Pakistan 
Friends of Aafia Siddiqui - UK
Friends of Human Rights - USA
ICNA Council for Social Justice - USA
International Action Committee - USA
Islam 21C - UK
Jericho Movement - USA
Justice for Aafia - Norway
Justice for all
Khadija Leadership Network - New zealand
Lighthouse Advocacy - UK
Musawemeen Campaigns - Pakistan
Muslim Public Affairs Committee - UK
South African National Muslim Women’s Alliance - South Africa
The Aafia Foundation
Why Aafia Freedom Campaign - USA
Witness Against Torture - USA

 Fawzia Siddiqui - Aafia’s sister

Dr Fowzia Siddiqui is a Neurologist by profession. She is also the founder of the Aafia movement and has built the movement to advocate for the release of her sister Aafia Siddiqui.
Marwa Elbially - Aafia’s Lawyer

Dr Aafia Siddiqui's lawyer Attorney Marwa Elbially is committed to advocating for the rights of underrepresented groups. Prior to opening her practice, Ms. Elbially worked for several years at non-profits on a wide variety of legal issues that affected the civil liberties of Muslims in the United States involving criminal, civil, and immigration law.
Amina Masood - Chairperson Defence of Human Rights Pakistan

With the disappearance of her husband in 2005, Amina Masood Janjua has become the face of the disappearances in Pakistan. Spearheading the organisation, Defence for Human Rights, she has campaigned unrelentingly in her aim to see not only the release of her husband, but also the release of all the other men who have been caught by the indiscriminate detention policies of the Pakistani intelligence services. 
Leena al Arian - Coalition for Civil Freedoms

Leena Al-Arian is a Palestinian American mother and activist living in Boston, MA. She is the co-director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, an organisation co-founded by her father, Sami Al-Arian, a former political prisoner in the U.S. She holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. She is a contributor to the volume, Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
El‑Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan - Director of Operations for The Aafia Foundation

El‑Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan is a Metro-Washington, DC, based human rights advocate; author, lecturer and poet. His work has taken him across America into Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, and the Middle East. He is a founder of the Coalition Against Political Imprisonment and the National Association for Police Accountability. He also founded and formerly served as Director of Operations for The Peace Thru Justice Foundation. He presently serves as Director of Operations for The Aafia Foundation.
Moazzam Begg - Outreach Director for CAGE

A British-born Muslim, Moazzam Begg is a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and outreach director for CAGE. 
He is the author of the best-seller Enemy Combatant in which he recounts his experience as an innocent man detained and tortured at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar. The Muslim 500 listed him as one of the 500 “most influential Muslims” in the world. The New Statesman listed him in the top 50 “Heroes of our time”
Jibran Nasir - Lawyer & Activist

Mohammad Jibran Nasir is a lawyer, civil rights activist, and an independent politician. Jibran is also involved in disaster relief work through Elaj Trust. In 2018, Jibran founded the Aik Awam Movement, a social movement advocating equal protection of Fundamental Rights for all citizens of Pakistan. Jibran regularly engages youth on topics related to citizen empowerment, legal reforms and social justice and has spoken at more than of 50 Universities in Pakistan, US and the UK
Stephen F Downs - Aafia’s family lawyer

Stephen Downs was formerly Chief Attorney for the NY State Commission on Judicial Conduct providing discipline to unethical judges. After retiring in 2003, he became invoked in the defence of Yassin Aref who was charged with terrorism in Albany NY. It opened his eyes to the horror of preemptive prosecution of innocent Muslims. This experience led him to become a co-founder of Project SALAM, and the Coalition for Civil Freedoms. With Kathy Manley, he is presently providing legal representation to various defendants who have been preemptively prosecuted, including members of the Newburgh 4, members of the Ft Dix 5, and the family of Aafia Siddiqui
Dr Maha Hilal

Dr. Maha Hilal is the author of the book “Innocent Until Proven Muslim," researcher and advocate, working to end Islamophobia.
She is co-director of Justice for Muslims Collective, an organizer with Witness Against Torture, and a council member of School of the Americas Watch. 

Dr. Hilal earned her doctorate in May 2014 from the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University in Washington, D.C.
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