(NEW YORK, NY, 3/9/10) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), together with Theatres Against War, hosted a vigil yesterday for Fahad Hashmi, an American citizen who is being held on material support charges in a federal jail under conditions that threaten his mental health and his ability to participate in his own defense.
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Guantánamo at Home
More than 100 supporters gathered across from the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Hashmi is being held. Monday, March 8th marked the 1,371st day of Hashmi’s incarceration and the 871st day since the implementation of Special Administrative Measures in his case, under which he has been held in pre-trial solitary confinement.
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“The constraints placed on Hashmi jeopardize his right to a fair trial,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. “Prolonged solitary confinement may severely impair his mental well-being and thus his right to testify on his own behalf. These conditions are draconian and are tantamount to torture.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, 718-724-3041, email@example.com