National Coalition for the Protection of Civil Freedoms Demands Accountability for Treatment and Suicide Attempt of Muslim Prisoner Ahmed Ferhani
(Washington, D.C. 4/10/2016)-The National Coalition for the Protection of Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) is demanding answers after Muslim prisoner Ahmed Ferhani was transferred to a medical facility because of a suicide attempt. Ferhani was being severely abused in prison and had previously described in detail his abuse by prison staff. Ahmed is currently in a coma in a medical facility and is in custody of Attica Correctional Facility.
According to Kathy Manley, Legal Committee Director of the NCPCF, this treatment of Muslim prisoners is systemic. Manley stated that "we are deeply concerned about Ahmed's condition and will continue to closely monitor his situation. We will also demand accountability from the legal and criminal justice system that continues to dehumanize and abuse Muslim prisoners without any recourse. We will be following-up with the appropriate officials to make sure that Ahmed's family receives answers."
Dr. Maha Hilal, Executive Director of the NCPCF, speaking to Ahmed's arrest and detention critiqued the use of an agent provocateur. Dr. Hilal stated, "it is outrageous that the U.S. government through institutions such as the F.B.I. and NYPD continue to surveil and criminalize innocent Muslims. The provoking of criminal acts by agencies designed to protect the public is outrageous and unacceptable. Further, in the era of the "War on Terror," acts represent systematic attempts to destroy Muslim communities. We will continue our advocacy efforts on Ahmed's behalf as well as the larger Muslim community that continues to be victimized by the U.S. government."
The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms seeks to challenge post 9-11 policies by the US government that violated civil and human rights and is the only organization that supports families and communities who have been directly targeted by the government in the "War on Terror."
Established in October 2010, the NCPCF is a coalition of national and local organizations as well as prominent individuals, whose mission is: To educate the public about the erosion of civil and political freedoms in the society, and the abuses of prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system especially after 9/11, and to advocate for the preservation of those freedoms and to defend those rights according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its related UN Conventions, and the Geneva Conventions.
___________________________________________________ Member Organizations
American Muslim Alliance (AMA) - Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) - Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) - Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) - Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) - Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF) - Desis, Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) - Friends of Human Rights (FHR) - International Action Center (IAC) - Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ) -Muslim Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) - Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) - National Lawyers Guild (NLG) - National Liberty Fund (NLF) - The Peace Thru Justice Foundation (PTJF) - Project Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims (Project SALAM) - United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) - Universal Justice Foundation (UJF).