[Ppnews] Global Aafia Siddiqui Movement pledges allegiance with victims of torture

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  Global Aafia Movement pledges allegiance with victims of torture

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=210958

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Karachi---Terming torture a crime under 
international, the Global Aafia Movement pledged allegiance with victims 
of torture, here Wednesday on the occasion of International Day in 
Support of Victims of Torture.

On 12 December 1997, the UN General <javascript:void(0);> Assembly 
proclaimed 26 June the United Nations <javascript:void(0);> 
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the 
total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the 
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading 
Treatment <javascript:void(0);> or Punishment.

Aafia Movement leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui in her statement said in trying 
to send Pakistan to stone-age America has regressed to barbarism. She 
said the Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and FMC Carswel jail are a 
few examples of notorious torture cells, worse than the savages of 
medieval times. There is no justification for torture. Nor is it an 
effective means of interrogation, said Dr Fowzia.

Torture seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the 
inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations 
<javascript:void(0);> has condemned torture from the outset as one of 
the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

She said even if someone deserved to be tortured, which many who are 
illegally tortured do not, nobody has the right to deliberately harm 
another human being with the intention of causing the maximum physical 
and emotional pain <javascript:void(0);>. That is the most twisted, 
sadistic, cruel behavior imaginable and it is as inhumane as our rivals. 
How can certain countries be considered as barbaric when all countries 
implement torture and tortured prisoners (some coming out to be 
completely innocent). Water boarding, drowning, sleep deprivation 
<javascript:void(0);>, humiliation, sexual abuse <javascript:void(0);>, 
and burnings and worse mental emotional trauma have occurred there.

Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant 
instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under 
any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary 
international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the 
international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified 
international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The 
systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against 
humanity.

Fowzia Siddiqui said the living proofs of victims of torture are Lynne 
Irene Stewart and Dr Aafia Siddiqui - one dying of cancer refused 
compassion the other humiliated and abused. She said their torturers yet 
consider themselves as saviours. "Saviours of what? Genocide in Burma, 
drones in Pakistan? Mass murders in Iraq for WMD? Syria? Lybia? All in 
the name of what?"

Torture is completely immoral and unethical. It is also banned in US 
law, making it unconstitutional. The Geneva Conventions ban the use of 
"violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, 
mutilation, cruel treatment <javascript:void(0);>, and torture" (Article 
3:1(a)). The emotional and psychological effects of torture can be 
devastating. August 2003 there were 23 suicide attempts in Guantanamo 
Bay. These torture techniques that are so cruel and inhumane are often 
ineffective as a means of gathering information as well.

Fowzia sais as we speak several victims of torture are still on hunger 
strike and being force fed and Aafia is away from family, and babies are 
snatched away from mothers. Is there a greater torture for a mother than 
to separate her from her children? She said it is so sad to see people 
in the world be convinced that the leaders actually care about them as 
their heads fill up with ideologies with minimal to no truth in them. 
She said today we at Global Aafia Movement pledge allegiance with 
victims of torture. We pray for the bond of humanity to strengthen 
enough to shatter the inhumane practices. To guide humanity to prevail 
with love compassion and mercy.---NNI
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