Short Documentary Film – #2 – Executed Juvenile Death Row Prisoner Shafqat Hussain

  #BringItBack – Shafqat Hussain If you were being tortured, would you say anything to make it stop?Shafqat Hussain was beaten, burnt with cigarettes, electrocuted through his own urine and had his nails pulled out. The police detained him illegally

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Short Documentary Film – #2 – Executed Juvenile Death Row Prisoner Shafqat Hussain

  #BringItBack – Shafqat Hussain If you were being tortured, would you say anything to make it stop?Shafqat Hussain was beaten, burnt with cigarettes, electrocuted through his own urine and had his nails pulled out. The police detained him illegally

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Sumeira Hussain – Elder Sister of Executed Juvenile Prisoner Shafqat Hussain

We are living in extreme poverty. My brother was killed, but we did everything for him, and sold everything for him. Now there is nothing left. My two remaining brothers work as day labourers, and that too only on days

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Sumeira Hussain – Elder Sister of Executed Juvenile Prisoner Shafqat Hussain

We are living in extreme poverty. My brother was killed, but we did everything for him, and sold everything for him. Now there is nothing left. My two remaining brothers work as day labourers, and that too only on days

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Manzoor Hussein – Elder Brother of Executed Juvenile Prisoner Shafqat Hussain

They had tortured him brutally. We could see it and he told us so. They had pulled his nails out, used electric wires on him, and his skin showed deep bruises where they had burned him with cigarette butts. I

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Manzoor Hussein – Elder Brother of Executed Juvenile Prisoner Shafqat Hussain

They had tortured him brutally. We could see it and he told us so. They had pulled his nails out, used electric wires on him, and his skin showed deep bruises where they had burned him with cigarette butts. I

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Iqbal Bano, Mother Of Death Row Prisoner Khizar Hayat

I have no money. I can’t even afford to pay for a rickshaw to go see him. So I collect money from relatives and friends and go see him every two weeks. Every time I go I do not know

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Iqbal Bano, Mother Of Death Row Prisoner Khizar Hayat

I have no money. I can’t even afford to pay for a rickshaw to go see him. So I collect money from relatives and friends and go see him every two weeks. Every time I go I do not know

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Aruba, Bilal & Sanobar Ahmed, Baldia Town, Karachi

As I walk into the room, I see them sitting waiting for me. Sirjeel Ahmed’s mother Kausar Parveen, his sisters Aruba and Sanobar, youngest brother Bilal and a cousin, Imran all greet me politely and sit back down in silence.

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Aruba, Bilal & Sanobar Ahmed, Baldia Town, Karachi

As I walk into the room, I see them sitting waiting for me. Sirjeel Ahmed’s mother Kausar Parveen, his sisters Aruba and Sanobar, youngest brother Bilal and a cousin, Imran all greet me politely and sit back down in silence.

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Siddiqa, Ayesha ‘Military Inc.’

There is a profound misunderstanding of the role and legacy of the Pakistani military, and its deeply entrenched economic interests in the country. This institution is consistently represented as a purely military arm of the State, when in fact it

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Siddiqa, Ayesha ‘Military Inc.’

There is a profound misunderstanding of the role and legacy of the Pakistani military, and its deeply entrenched economic interests in the country. This institution is consistently represented as a purely military arm of the State, when in fact it

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Jalal, Ayesha ‘Democracy And Authoritarianism in South Asia’

Ayesha Jalal’s early work Democracy & Authoritarianism in South Asia: A Comparative and historical perspective provides an important look at the structural reasons for the emergence of (largely) democratic structures in India, and (largely) authoritarian structures in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Jalal, Ayesha ‘Democracy And Authoritarianism in South Asia’

Ayesha Jalal’s early work Democracy & Authoritarianism in South Asia: A Comparative and historical perspective provides an important look at the structural reasons for the emergence of (largely) democratic structures in India, and (largely) authoritarian structures in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Hunger Strikes As Asymmetrical Warfare

We have no information about the treatment of hunger strikers in Bagram. But we do have information about the torture, abuse and violence inflicted on those who have decided to resist the terms and conditions of their imprisonment and use

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Hunger Strikes As Asymmetrical Warfare

We have no information about the treatment of hunger strikers in Bagram. But we do have information about the torture, abuse and violence inflicted on those who have decided to resist the terms and conditions of their imprisonment and use

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How are ‘militants’ identified?

Two very questionable methods for ‘identifying’ militants are currently in use – local level informants, and analysis of mobile phone data. The drone campaign relies heavily on local informants and spies. And these men (and women?) are paid handsomely for

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How are ‘militants’ identified?

Two very questionable methods for ‘identifying’ militants are currently in use – local level informants, and analysis of mobile phone data. The drone campaign relies heavily on local informants and spies. And these men (and women?) are paid handsomely for

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Are Drones Precision Weapons?

There is actually little evidence to suggest that drone strikes are as accurate as the American military and political establishment claim. But this myth of accuracy, and the numbers often trotted out to confirm this myth, hides two crucial facts:

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Are Drones Precision Weapons?

There is actually little evidence to suggest that drone strikes are as accurate as the American military and political establishment claim. But this myth of accuracy, and the numbers often trotted out to confirm this myth, hides two crucial facts:

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The Denial Of Habeas Corpus

Between October 2008 and July 2010, 38 out of the 52 prisoners at Guantanamo won their habeas corpus petitions as the judges concluded that the government had absolutely failed to meets its already ridiculously low standards for evidence for associating

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The Denial Of Habeas Corpus

Between October 2008 and July 2010, 38 out of the 52 prisoners at Guantanamo won their habeas corpus petitions as the judges concluded that the government had absolutely failed to meets its already ridiculously low standards for evidence for associating

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The Absence Of Habeas Corpus At Bagram

In April 2009, a district judge handed down a decision in al-Maqleh v. Gates that prisoners held at Bagram were entitled to the same habeas corpus review as those detained in Guantanamo Bay. Habeas rights for Guantanamo prisoners had been

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The Absence Of Habeas Corpus At Bagram

In April 2009, a district judge handed down a decision in al-Maqleh v. Gates that prisoners held at Bagram were entitled to the same habeas corpus review as those detained in Guantanamo Bay. Habeas rights for Guantanamo prisoners had been

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The American ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ Program

Extraordinary renditions may have escalated, and given a unique extra-judicial color, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, but they are a tactic that preceded the circumstances of the ‘war on terror’. The US Marshall Service first coined the phrase

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The American ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ Program

Extraordinary renditions may have escalated, and given a unique extra-judicial color, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, but they are a tactic that preceded the circumstances of the ‘war on terror’. The US Marshall Service first coined the phrase

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Pakistani Collusion In Extraordinary Renditions

Did Pakistan take part and collaborate with the US ‘extraordinary rendition’ program? Yes, it absolutely did. Though it is impossible to know exactly who and how many were targeted – the US and the Pakistanis have never accounted for the people kidnapped,

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Pakistani Collusion In Extraordinary Renditions

Did Pakistan take part and collaborate with the US ‘extraordinary rendition’ program? Yes, it absolutely did. Though it is impossible to know exactly who and how many were targeted – the US and the Pakistanis have never accounted for the people kidnapped,

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Avoiding Habeas Corpus And The Need For A Bagram

Why did the US need to send prisoners to prisons located outside the borders and ‘jurisdiction’ of the United States? The answer is quite simple: the Bush administration was determined to avoid any and all court review for the many

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Avoiding Habeas Corpus And The Need For A Bagram

Why did the US need to send prisoners to prisons located outside the borders and ‘jurisdiction’ of the United States? The answer is quite simple: the Bush administration was determined to avoid any and all court review for the many

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Who Is In Control Of The Bagram Prison?

The Bagram Theatre Detention Facility, otherwise also known as the Detention Facility In Parawan (DFIP), was handed over the current Afganistan government on March 2013. The hand over was a result of some nearly four years of negotiations between the

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Who Is In Control Of The Bagram Prison?

The Bagram Theatre Detention Facility, otherwise also known as the Detention Facility In Parawan (DFIP), was handed over the current Afganistan government on March 2013. The hand over was a result of some nearly four years of negotiations between the

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The Dragnet at Bagram

Despite the claims of the US State Department, the US military and US administration, the majority of the men being held in America’s detention centers are innocent of the suspicions that got them trapped there. Though we have no statistics

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The Dragnet at Bagram

Despite the claims of the US State Department, the US military and US administration, the majority of the men being held in America’s detention centers are innocent of the suspicions that got them trapped there. Though we have no statistics

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The Geneva Conventions

Since 1864 there have existed clear laws of war. Called the Geneva Conventions, part of the Hague Conventions derived from customary laws of war and international treaties and ratified by various all countries as binding laws. The Geneva Conventions, first drafted

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The Geneva Conventions

Since 1864 there have existed clear laws of war. Called the Geneva Conventions, part of the Hague Conventions derived from customary laws of war and international treaties and ratified by various all countries as binding laws. The Geneva Conventions, first drafted

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The Military Commissions

On November 13, 2001 President George W. Bush issued an order establishing military commissions to try prisoners captured in the so-called ‘war on terror’. These commissions were explicitly created outside and beyond the existing American legal system to try those suspected

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The Military Commissions

On November 13, 2001 President George W. Bush issued an order establishing military commissions to try prisoners captured in the so-called ‘war on terror’. These commissions were explicitly created outside and beyond the existing American legal system to try those suspected

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The Black Hole Of Bagram

There is ample reason to fear for the welfare and mental health of the men imprisoned at Bagram. Since its creation the prison at the Bagram Air Base has been notorious for its brutal and inhumane treatment of the prisoners.

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The Black Hole Of Bagram

There is ample reason to fear for the welfare and mental health of the men imprisoned at Bagram. Since its creation the prison at the Bagram Air Base has been notorious for its brutal and inhumane treatment of the prisoners.

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The Torture Memos

On August 1, 2002, an Office of Legal Council (OLC) memo signed by Jay S. Bybee and drafted by John Yoo, issued perhaps one of the most important documents that opened the gateway for the overt and widespread use of

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The Torture Memos

On August 1, 2002, an Office of Legal Council (OLC) memo signed by Jay S. Bybee and drafted by John Yoo, issued perhaps one of the most important documents that opened the gateway for the overt and widespread use of

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The Enemy Combatant And Laws Of War

Designating prisoners as ‘enemy combatants’ or ‘unlawful combatants’ became a core part of America’s post 9/11 detention regime. The new class was necessary to accommodate the Bush administration’s determination to keep the prisoners captured in the battle fields of Afghanistan, or renditioned

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The Enemy Combatant And Laws Of War

Designating prisoners as ‘enemy combatants’ or ‘unlawful combatants’ became a core part of America’s post 9/11 detention regime. The new class was necessary to accommodate the Bush administration’s determination to keep the prisoners captured in the battle fields of Afghanistan, or renditioned

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Bagram’s Enemy Combatant Review Board (ECRP)

Prisons such as Bagram, Guantanamo and the many secret CIA ‘black sites’ were set up to handle ‘enemy combatants’ or ‘unlawful combatants’. The term is very broadly defined and can refer to those captured on the battle field, or those

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Bagram’s Enemy Combatant Review Board (ECRP)

Prisons such as Bagram, Guantanamo and the many secret CIA ‘black sites’ were set up to handle ‘enemy combatants’ or ‘unlawful combatants’. The term is very broadly defined and can refer to those captured on the battle field, or those

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The Story Of Bagram Prison

The Soviet Union built Bagram as a base of operations for troops and supplies shortly after its invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. After the Soviet withdrawal, the base changed hands between different militia groups. The American’s took over the base

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The Story Of Bagram Prison

The Soviet Union built Bagram as a base of operations for troops and supplies shortly after its invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. After the Soviet withdrawal, the base changed hands between different militia groups. The American’s took over the base

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The Uses Of Women

This week Nabeela Rehman walked into the hallowed corridors of the US Congress and gave her testimony about the death of her grand mother who was killed by an American drone attack in Northern Waziristan, Pakistan. Nabeela is the grand-daughter

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The Uses Of Women

This week Nabeela Rehman walked into the hallowed corridors of the US Congress and gave her testimony about the death of her grand mother who was killed by an American drone attack in Northern Waziristan, Pakistan. Nabeela is the grand-daughter

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Searching For Ghosts

One evening, standing on a hill overlooking Paizoo Khan’s small mud house located close to the Afghan border, I was struck by the incredible contrast between the dreams and aspirations of a man eking out a life at the periphery

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Searching For Ghosts

One evening, standing on a hill overlooking Paizoo Khan’s small mud house located close to the Afghan border, I was struck by the incredible contrast between the dreams and aspirations of a man eking out a life at the periphery

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