Families & Victims

  • ‘Guantánamo Diary’ author cleared for release

    Families & Victims July 20, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Miami Herald. The multi-agency U.S. federal parole board has cleared “Guantánamo Diary” author Mohamedou Ould Slahi for release, in part, because of his “highly compliant behavior” during nearly 14 years of detention without charge. Slahi has spent years in segregation in a special detention site called Camp Echo, apart from nearly all of the other 75 captives currently at the Navy base’s sprawling prison complex. He has never been charged with a crime and won an unlawful-detention suit.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice (7/19) Rezwan Ferdaus

    Families & Victims July 19, 2016 at 0 comments

    Clemency for Rezwan Ferdaus. The FBI took advantage of Rezwan’s delusions and mental illness in order to entrap him. When he finally got help, they swooped in and arrested him. Please commute his sentence.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Mohammed Hossain

    Families & Victims July 12, 2016 at 0 comments

    Mohammed Hossain was a trusting person. When the FBI informant befriended him and offered to help him out with a loan, Mohammed believed that the informant really wanted to help him. Now he is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Tarik Shah

    Families & Victims June 28, 2016 at 1 comment

    Portraits of Injustice – Tarek Shah. Tarik Shah committed no violent act – or any act at all other than speech – but he has been in prison for ten years on terrorism charges. When he was first arrested, he was threatened with the PATRIOT Act, with rendition, and the thought of never seeing his family again.

     
  • Tarik Shah – In His Own Words

    Families & Victims June 26, 2016 at 0 comments

    The Story of Tarik Shah. Tarik Shah is a famous jazz bassist who played at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and was also a martial arts instructor. The FBI deployed two agent provocateurs to entrap him. Tarik is serving a sentence of fifteen years. What follows is his story in his own words.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Khalifa Al-Akili

    Families & Victims June 21, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – Khalifa Al-Akili. In this issue we are continuing to spotlight political prisoners and their families, as well as the clemency campaign in which we ask President Obama to grant clemency to unfairly convicted Muslim prisoners and release them. Many prisoners are serving very lengthy sentences fro crimes that have not happened, but President Obama has the power to rectify this injustice. Khalifa Al-Akili is one of those prisoners.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Yassin Aref

    Families & Victims June 1, 2016 at 0 comments

    May 31, 2105 In our second issue that looks at political prisoners and their families, I want to tell you about a new campaign in which we ask President Obama to grant clemency to unfairly convicted Muslim prisoners and release them.  Many prisoners are serving very lengthy sentences fro crimes that […]

     
  • Living in the shadow of counterterrorism: a daily struggle for Muslim women

    Families & Victims May 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Rewire News. The second part of Rewire’s “Living in the Shadow of Counterterrorism” series looks at how Muslim families, particularly women, are forced to confront state violence on a daily basis­­—from living with the stigma of terrorism, to repairing their broken homes, to navigating what they say is a brutal and biased prison system.

     
  • Living in the shadow of counterterrorism: meet the Muslim women taking on the national security state

    Source: Rewire News. For the past 15 years, stories of Muslim Americans arrested on terrorism charges have been splashed across newspapers and television screens. Less visible, and largely hidden behind the headlines, are the families of the accused. Numbering in the hundreds, these families are living under a dark shadow, often in obscurity and sometimes in poverty, following trials and convictions that brand them and their relations as “terrorists.” They say the label is heavy with stigma, almost impossible to shake. For well over a decade they’ve been challenging discriminatory policing, unfair trials, and draconian sentencing of Muslims charged under terrorism laws passed in the aftermath of 9/11. A once-scattered population of fractured families and organizations working on their behalf has coalesced into a movement, in which activists, lawyers, and scholars are all standing shoulder to shoulder with impacted families under the banner No Separate Justice (NSJ). The movement’s leaders, by and large, are Muslim women.

     
  • A Muslim man was ensnared in a terror plot by the NYPD—he just attempted suicide

    Families & Victims April 10, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Nation. Ahmed Ferhani, who claimed prison guards repeatedly abused him because of his conviction on terrorism charges, is in a coma following an attempted suicide. The case against him was flimsy enough that the FBI removed itself from the investigation in its early stages. The NYPD continued to pursue Ferhani, despite its knowledge of his history of mental illness and self-harm.