ISLAMABAD - Dr Aafia Siddiquis trial begins today (Tuesday), while representatives of civil society and human rights organisations have decided to observe the day as 'Free Dr Aafia Siddiqui Day. On this occasion, different events like protests and candlelight vigils are being arranged across the world including the US, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Pakistan to highlight the plight of Dr Aafia. According to the details, a 'Stand in solidarity with Dr Aafia Siddiqui event would be held in the US in front of Federal Court, 500 Pearl St, in lower Manhattan. On the occasion, members of civil society would fill the Judge Richard Bermans courtroom. Family members of Dr Aafia would gather before Karachi Press Club while members of civil society and Defence of Human Rights led by its Chairperson Amina Masood Janjua would gather for candlelight vigil before National Press Club. The International Action Centre (IAC), has urged full support for the international call to free Dr Aafia Siddiqui, justice and a full accounting for all the missing and secretly detained prisoners in Pakistan and around the world. Pre-trial motions and jury selection were held from Jan 11 through Jan 15. Dr Aafia Siddiqui at every court appearance continues to refuse her lawyers, to declare to the court that she has been tortured and to decry the pain of strip searches. Her sister Dr Fowzia Siddiqui and other family members, her friends and her lawyers believe her continuing statements that she was tortured in Afghanistan and the children were terrorised in US custody. The family and friends have fought for support from the Pakistani government and international human rights organisations. Dr Aafia Siddiqui is considered to be a 'Daughter of the nation. The Supreme Court recently called her case the most important challenge for the country. It is relevant to mention here that the Parliament passed an overwhelming resolution in support of her and has forced the government to pay for her legal defense in US courts. Dr Aafia Siddiquis torture and secret detention by US forces in Afghanistan aroused enormous anger and indignation. Her continued imprisonment in solitary confinement in US prisons and the continuing brutal strip searches that she is subjected to are internationally condemned. Dr Aafia is a 36-year-old Pakistani woman who is US educated neuroscientist. She was illegally kidnapped with her three young children from Karachi in 2003 and taken to US custody in Afghanistan, where she was held in secret detention and tortured for five years. The only fact that all witnesses agree on is that Dr Aafia was shot and severely wounded during an interrogation by FBI agents in July 2008. She was charged with attempted murder of FBI agent(s) in Afghanistan. According to the prosecutors and all US officials, she has no links to any 'terrorist organisations.