HUMAN RIGHTS COFFEEHOUSE AT USF - Aya Batrawy02/21/04
Friday night at the University of South Florida was a Human Rights Coffee House with over 200 people. The event, put together by the Human Rights organization, Amnesty International, started the night off remembering Professors Sami Al-Arian and Sameeh Hammoudeh. The two Palestinian USF professors were arrested exactly a year ago this past Friday.
Al-ArianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Defense attorney, Linda Moreno, started the event talking about the conditions Al-Arian and Hammoudeh have been existing under for the past year.
Mornena says the conditions of her client have gotten worse over the past year, not better.
She then went on to describe Al-Arian as a beast of burden.
BEAST OF BURDEN
Al-ArianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defense attorney says she is ashamed by the way the U.S. is treating her Muslim client in prison.
The Muslim Student Association at USF also brought speaker Dr.Agha Saeed from UC Berkley to speak about justice in this country.
President of Amnesty InternationalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s USF chapter and organizer of the event, Will Hobson, believes more people should be involved human rights issues.
Amnesty International has written to Coleman prison on behalf of Sami Al-Arian and Sameeh HammoudehÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s state of confinement. Reporting for WMNF, this is Aya Batrawy.