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Alison

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The Grey Lady of Bagram, Prisoner 650
« on: July 14, 2008, 09:13:51 AM »
Four years in Bagram as Prisoner 650

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British journalist Yvonne Ridley flew to Pakistan on a whirlwind trip this week to highlight the plight of a woman who has been held in US custody for more than four years.
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On Monday night she said, “I think everyone was shocked to hear that the Americans were holding this woman at Bagram in Afghanistan. From the information coming through I am told she is being held in exactly the same conditions as the men and has absolutely no privacy when it comes to toilet and shower facilities.

“This would never happen to a Western woman and it shows just how women are viewed by the US military. There is even a suggestion she has been molested and sexually abused by her captors. We need to demand the truth,” added Ridley who was held captive herself in Afghanistan for 11 days in September 2001.


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Re: The Grey Lady of Bagram, Prisoner 650
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008, 12:17:40 PM »
About the only thing I could find from this side of the pond was this from US-DAWN:

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ISLAMABAD, July 11: The public affairs wing of the US forces based at the Bagram base in Afghanistan has denied that any woman prisoner is detained at their bases.

“There are no women in our custody,” said Lt-Col Rumi Nielson-Green, Director of Public Affairs, Regional Command East and Combined Joint Task Force....

Lt-Col Nielson-Green claimed that the US valued human rights and that their detention operations complied with American laws and Geneva Convention requirements in their treatment of detainees...

When he was asked if any woman had been held from 2002 onwards or if there were women in other detention facilities in Afghanistan, he said: “I will have to refer you to the US department of defence for any historical questions or perhaps to the ICRC.”

He did not respond to a request to check prisoner records and identify ‘Prisoner 650’...

Knowledgeable circles think that the woman mentioned by Ms Ridley could be Aafia Siddiqui, believed to have been picked up along with her three children by Pakistani intelligence agencies and handed over to US authorities for interrogation.

The ICRC’s Kabul office did not reply to queries about woman prisoners being kept by the US in Afghanistan.

Cage Prisoners, a UK-based humanitarian organisation, has been able to confirm independently from ICRC staff assigned to Bagram during 2004/5 that a woman prisoner had been held for some time there and that they had met her. According to Cage Prisoners, this prisoner may have been Ms Siddiqui.

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Re: The Grey Lady of Bagram, Prisoner 650
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2008, 02:44:11 PM »
Thanks, Seawalker. Journalist Yvonne Ridley is complaining that no one is covering it.

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Re: The Grey Lady of Bagram, Prisoner 650
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2009, 07:54:14 AM »
Guardian profile of Aafia Siddiqui.

I honestly don't know what to think. Very provocative conclusion.

 

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