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US orders medical care for jailed Pakistani scientist

Pakistan , U.S.A.

NEW YORK (AFP) — A US court on Monday ordered medical care for a Pakistani scientist said to be seriously sick since being shot last month in an alleged struggle with US officers in Afghanistan.

Aafia Siddiqui, whose case has drawn protests in Pakistan and the attention of human rights activists, entered the Manhattan courtroom in a wheelchair.

She was brought to the United States a week ago and is to be tried on charges of attempted murder and assault against FBI and US army officers in an Afghan town on July 18.


Urgent Appeal Update: AHRC-UAU-049-2008

8 August 2008

[RE: AHRC-UAC-167-2008: PAKISTAN/USA: A lady doctor remains missing with her three children five years after her arrest]
PAKISTAN/USA: Dr. Afia's health is in serious condition and two of her children remain missing

ISSUES: Disappearance; rape; violence against women; torture; right to liberty and security; arbitrary arrest and detention; right to health

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that due to a bullet wound and removal of one kidney, Dr. Afia Siddiqui health is in a serious condition, but no medical assistance has been provided to her whilst she has been in American custody in New York.


Opiniones , U.S.A.

Wed Aug 6, 6:27 PM ET

Restoring Human Rights Must Be Next Prez's Top Priority

NEW YORK--Both major presidential candidates have promised to roll back the Bush Administration's torture archipelago. Both say they'll close Guantánamo, abolish legalized torture, and respect the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war. Obama also pledges to eliminate "extraordinary rendition," in which the CIA kidnaps people and flies them to other countries to be tortured, and says he will investigate Bush Administration officials for possible prosecution for war crimes.

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 6, 2008
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- The high-profile arrest of a Pakistani woman suspected of Al Qaeda links casts a spotlight on an issue her nation's fledgling civilian government has been slow to confront: years of official secrecy surrounding the fate of hundreds of people rounded up as terrorism suspects.

Some human rights activists believe that Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani-born neuroscientist who appeared Tuesday in federal district court in New York, was originally "disappeared" by Pakistani authorities five years ago, possibly at U.S. behest.

NUEVA YORK (AFP) — El caso de una neuróloga sospechada de nexos con Al Qaeda levanta más interrogantes que certezas y pone en primer plano a los desaparecidos de la "guerra contra el terrorismo" de Estados Unidos.

Aaifa Siddiqui es paquistaní, tiene 36 años y necesitó ayuda para entrar a la sala de la corte federal de Manhattan donde compareció el martes, al día siguiente de ser extraditada desde Afganistán, donde estaba detenida.

Estados Unidos la señaló en 2004 como vinculada a la red islamista Al Qaeda, que reivindicó en 2001 el peor ataque de la historia contra Estados Unidos, pero sus abogados sostienen que esta madre de tres hijos es inocente.

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

On 24th July the Asian Human Rights Commission issued an Urgent Appeal in the case of the disappearance of a lady doctor. The UA, PAKISTAN/USA: A lady doctor remains missing with her three children five years after her arrest, may be seen at:

By Jason Lewis
Last updated at 9:01 AM on 04th August 2008

Fears that the UK is still being used as a stop-off point for the CIA’s controversial terrorist renditions resurfaced last week when a flight to Guantanamo Bay landed at an RAF base.

Mystery surrounds the mission of the US military aircraft which touched down at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk last Sunday amid tight security, refuelled and then flew on to the prison camp in Cuba.

January 22, 2008

The authorities would just come into your home, grab your mother, your brother, your dad, and take them away. No warning, no warrant, no appeal.

Thirty thousand people were disappeared that way, she told me. This was in an interview three years ago, and Ruth Cox was describing her childhood in Argentina under military dictatorship. Cox, a teacher in Charleston, S.C., said families never learned what happened to their loved ones. Or why. People were taken and that was it. The government was not accountable.

US - Top court won't hear appeal in CIA torture case

CIA Renditions , U.S.A.

By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A German citizen who says he was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA lost his appeal on Tuesday when the Supreme Court refused to review a decision dismissing the case because it would expose state secrets.

Attorneys for Khaled el-Masri, a German of Lebanese descent, argued in the high court appeal that his lawsuit did not depend on the disclosure of state secrets and that it should be allowed to go forward in U.S. court.

Los desaparecidos de Bush

CIA Renditions , Guantanamo , U.S.A.

Por Santiago O’Donnell

La charla que Joanne Mariner dio el otro día en la Argentina fue muy interesante, entre otras cosas porque la dio en la Argentina. Mariner es la directora del Programa de Terrorismo y Contraterrorismo del Human Rights Watch, la principal organización de derechos humanos de los Estados Unidos.

Ante un auditorio de unas 20 personas en la sede del CELS, contó los resultados de su investigación sobre el tratamiento que reciben los prisioneros de la CIA acusados de actos de terrorismo. La experta empezó diciendo que, a raíz de su visita para dictar un taller a organizaciones de derechos humanos, acababa de leer el último documento que emitió la dictadura argentina sobre la lucha contra los movimientos armados, el llamado “Documento Final de la Lucha contra la Subversión y el Terrorismo” de 1983. En ese documento los militares intentaron justificar el uso de “procedimientos inéditos”, un eufemisno para encubrir su plan de exterminio. “Lamentablemente, en Estados Unidos hoy se usa el mismo enfoque para combatir al terrorismo, sólo que el eufemismo que usa el gobierno para describir la tortura es ‘métodos de interrogación alternativos’.” El paralelo no termina ahí. Así como militares argentinos secuestraron, torturaron y desaparecieron personas, lo mismo hace la CIA, que secuestra sospechosos en cualquier parte del mundo, los tortura en cárceles propias o extrañas, y en algunos casos los hace desaparecer, apuntó Mariner.

U.S.: No Extradition In CIA Rendition Case

CIA Renditions , U.S.A.
(AP) U.S. authorities have told Germany that they will not extradite 13 purported CIA agents sought in the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen, an official said Saturday.

A Justice Ministry spokeswoman said the Bush administration told Berlin it would not hand over the group and said the ministry had, as a result, decided against giving Washington Munich prosecutors' formal request for their arrest. She spoke on condition of anonymity as required by the ministry.

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