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NCSW extremely saddened and shocked by the punishment sentenced to Dr. Afia Siddiqi Dated: 24th Sept. 2010

Nov 30, -0001

The National Commission on the Status of Women is extremely saddened and shocked by the sentence pronounced by the US Federal Court in Manhattan against Dr. Afia Siddiqi.

The Commission is of the opinion that the manner in which the entire case was handled and the trial conducted is a gross violation of international human rights norms. It is a matter of deep regret and concerns that international covenants and agreements adopted by consensus by the nations of the world are being seriously undermined by States that purport to uphold women’s human rights and human rights.

There has been strong suspicion throughout that Dr Afia Siddiqi was severely tortured. Has any inquiry been conducted, or has anyone been answerable for these violations? Has anyone been taken to task for the inhuman manner in which political prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have and are being held?

States and governments have an obligation to uphold the Geneva Conventions and adhere to agreed human rights standards. While the violence and barbarity perpetrated by non-State actors is to be condemned the excessive violence and brutality unleashed on the world in the name of the “war on terror” by responsible States is equally, if not more, reprehensible.

The National Commission on the Status of Women, Pakistan demands that Aafia Siddiqi’s appeal against the judgment should be tried in a neutral court or she should be sent back to her home country where law can take its due course.

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