[Ppnews] Global Aafia Siddiqui Movement pledges allegiance with victims of torture
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Thu Jun 27 11:18:39 EDT 2013
Global Aafia Movement pledges allegiance with victims of torture
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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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