Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 483 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewed Once More

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

October 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

483 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewed Once More

Today Khaled Al-Qazzaz did not attend his renewal court appearance due to his critical medical condition.  He had been transferred to hospital last Sunday October 26, 2014. 
 
The prosecution did not attend the renewal hearing.  The lawyer’s focused on three major arguments while addressing the judge. They raised the judge’s attention to Khaled’s critical medical condition, the arbitrary detention that has almost reached 500 days and the lack of any case presented by the prosecution to date after 16 months of investigation. The judge postponed the decision to the end of the business day where he announced his decision to once more renew Khaled’s detention.
 
Khaled’ family and Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife, are very grateful that he has been transferred to hospital for treatment. However, there is a heightened concern about how serious his medical condition has reached. Khaled requires several surgeries and long term medical assistance to recover from the effects of the solitary confinement. Khaled’s arbitrary detention must come to an end so that he can be given the appropriate medical attention. 
 
“Khaled needs to be re-united with our children and me and be allowed to return to his passion for education. Khaled was not a politician.  He was an educator, an activist and dedicated his life to uplifting individuals and advancing communities. It’s time for him to come home,” says Sarah Attia.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 480 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect-infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons. Khaled's health has deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionary. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.
 
Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government and international community to urgently assist in securing Khaled’s immediate release
 
Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:
Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

 

Press Release: 482 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Tuesday October 28, 2014

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

October 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

482 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Tuesday October 28, 2014

Khaled’s lawyers have been notified that his next court appearance will take place on Tuesday October 28, 2014. On that day, a judge will decide whether Khaled should be released or if his detainment should continue for another 45 days. This will be Khaled’s 15th renewal if he is not released.
 
On September 23, 2014 international medical practitioners and health professionals signed an open letter sent to Egypt’s Office of the Public Prosecutor urging for release on medical grounds considering Khaled’s urgent need for surgery (http://goo.gl/gxjuhh).  Since then Khaled was approved for a temporary release for his surgery and was transferred on Sunday October 26, 2014.
 
Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife, has continued to call on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearances and urgently assist in securing his immediate release. On November 15, 2014, Khaled will have reached 500 days of arbitrary detention. Khaled has still yet to be charged or have any accusations disclosed, and he continues to be held in arbitrary detention. Khaled’s family, friends and supporters are hoping for his release on October 28.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 475 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect-infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.
 
Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government and in international community for help for over seven months but Khaled’s release has not been secured.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:
Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

 

Press Release: 479 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz Approved for Hospital Transfer

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

October 24, 2014

479 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Approved for Hospital Transfer

Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian wife, has been informed by Khaled’s family in Cairo that his transfer to a hospital for surgery has been approved. Khaled will be moved from Tora prison on Sunday October 26 to begin his surgery.
 
On September 23 Sarah submitted an ‘Open Letter from International Medical Practitioners’ to Egypt’s Office of the Public Prosecutor, Egypt’s Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights, and Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights.  Khaled's legal team submitted an application for a release on medical grounds and an application for temporary release to allow for his immediate surgery.
 
In recent months, Khaled has complained that his health has become far worse.  He feels extreme pain in his back and legs which is now spreading to his eyes and stomach.
 
On November 15, 2014, Khaled will have reached 500 days of arbitrary detention. Khaled has still yet to be charged or have any accusations disclosed, and he continues to be held in arbitrary detention.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. The international community has spoken out for the release of other activists but remains silent on Khaled’s arbitrary detention while Khaled is currently the longest political prisoner detained in Egypt, being   held in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison.
 
In light of Egypt’s review at the United Nations in early November 2014 and the continued violation of Khaled’s human rights, we request that the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UN HRC) continue its call for Khaled’s immediate and unconditional release.  We call on the Canadian Government, the European Union (EU) and the international community to urgently assist in securing the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.
 
Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 475 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect-infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.
 
Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over seven months but little progress has been made.
 
Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:
Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 447 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Detainment Renewed for 45 Days

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

September 22, 2014
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

447 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewed for 45 Days 

Today Khaled appeared in court for the 45-day detention renewal. He has not been charged and no accusations have been provided to him or his family.
 
Khaled was transferred early morning from Tora maximum security prison to the court house. Family was not allowed to attend. Both the Canadian and Switzerland Embassies sent delegates to monitor Khaled’s legal proceedings, however, the court security denied them access.
 
Both Khaled and his lawyers had an opportunity to speak and each focused on Khaled’s critical health conditions.  The judge did not give any attention to this issue and once again renewed Khaled’s detainment for another 45 days, for the 14th time, without reason. 
 
Khaled will next appear in front of a judge for renewal in mid-October. He will then have reached 500 days of arbitrary detention in solitary confinement; being the longest detained political prisoner since July 3, 2013 in Egypt.
 
Recently, activists including Alaa Abdelfatah and Mehinour El-Masry, who were unlawfully charged and facing trials, have been released.  Their cases had received widespread international attention and their release is welcomed and is a sign of hope for all activists. Like them, Khaled is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionary. Khaled spent the 18 days of the January 25 revolution in Tahrir Square in belief of a free and democratic Egypt.
 
The United Nations Human Rights Council has issued an opinion stating that Khaled should be released. The international community should likewise demand Khaled’s immediate release.
 
Background
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 445 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.
 
Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.
 
Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ
 

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For more information:
 
Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 441 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Renewal Postponed to Sept 22

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

September 16, 2014
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

441 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Renewal Postponed to Sept 22

 
Today Khaled lawyers arrived in court to be informed that Khaled wasn't brought into court because of "conditions in the prison".  There was no further information provided and it is unclear as to what conditions would deter Khaled’s transfer.
 
The detention renewal court appearance has been postponed to Monday September 22, 2014.
 
The Canadian and Switzerland Embassies in Cairo both sent diplomats to monitor the court proceedings.  Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife, has continued to call on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearances and urgently assist in securing his immediate release.  She hope's further states will support Khaled’s appeal for justice and join in monitoring this case of clear arbitrary detention.
 
Background
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 440 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.  Khaled's health has deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.
 
Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government and the international community to urgently assist in securing his immediate release.
 
Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 440 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Tuesday September 16, 2014

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

September 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

440 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Tuesday September 16, 2014

Khaled’s lawyers have been notified that his next court appearance will take place on Tuesday September 16, 2014. On that day, a judge will decide whether Khaled should be released or if his detainment should continue for another 45 days. This will be Khaled’s 14th renewal if he is not released.

International medical practitioners and health professionals are signing an open letter to the prosecutor urging for a medical pardon considering Khaled’s urgent need for surgery.  The lawyers hope to present this letter to the prosecutor general in hope of securing Khaled’s release.

Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife,has continued to call on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearances and urgently assist in securing his immediate release.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 440 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.  Khaled's health has deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government and the international community to urgently assist in securing his immediate release.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com
 

Press Release: 435 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Appeal Rejected without Reason

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

September 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

435 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Appeal Rejected without Reason

On August 6, 2014, after being held without charge for 400 days, a Cairo judge extended Khaled Al-Qazzaz's detainment for another 45 days. 

Today, Khaled appeared in front of another judge to appeal that decision.  Khaled and his lawyers had an opportunity to present their case. They argued that after 434 days without charge and his deteriorating health, Khaled should be released immediately.  The judge rejected the appeal without reason.

Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife, has continued to call on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearances and urgently assist in securing his immediate release. The Canadian Embassy in Cairo sent a representative to attend. 

Khaled will appear in front of a judge again next week for his 45 day renewal.  Until then, Khaled’s family and friends will continue to advocate for his release. They continue to hope that the United Nations Human Rights Council, while in session this month, takes a stance on the human rights crisis in Egypt and calls on Egypt to comply with its opinion issued in November 2013 for Khaled’s immediate and unconditional release.

Last week Khaled and Sarah's four young children started school for the second year in a row without their father.  They miss him dearly and hope that he comes home soon.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 430 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.  Khaled's health has deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government and the international community to urgently assist in securing his immediate release.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 434 Days - Appeal Scheduled for Wednesday September 10 while Health Conditions Worsen

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

September 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

434 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Appeal Scheduled while Health Conditions Worsen

Lawyers of Canadian permanent resident, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, have informed Sarah Attia, his Toronto-born wife, that Khaled will be in court again on Wednesday September 10, for the appeal of the extension of his detainment.   On August 6, 2014 a judge extended Khaled's continued detainment without charge for another 45 days. 

Sarah, her family and thousands of supporters across Canada are hoping that Khaled will receive justice on Wednesday and be re-united with his family.

Khaled is the longest detained political prisoner in Egypt, imprisoned since July 3, 2013. 434 days of detainment without charge is unequivocally arbitrary detention and should not be allowed by any justice system.

Several days ago Khaled’s family visited him in Tora prison.  They found that his health conditions have severely deteriorated. He is experiencing continuous extensive pain. Eight independent Canadian physician assessments of an MRI from June 2014 have found that Khaled’s solitary confinement is exacerbating pressure on his nerves and if left untreated, Khaled will be at risk of permanent paralysis and at risk of failure in his respiratory muscles or phrenic nerve, which controls breathing and could result in death.  The family is hoping that the prosecutor and judge will release him on medical grounds.

“Khaled did not break any laws. He only served the Egyptian people trying to bring positive change to Egypt. He does not deserve this injustice,” says Sarah. “I assume that after 434 days the prosecutor’s office has completed investigations and found nothing. It is time to release him.”

Recent Media

ABC News - Wife of Egyptian political prisoner launches UN bid to free him in the hope it will help thousands of others
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4082153.htm

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Egypt, Counterterrorism, and the Politics of Alienation
http://carnegieendowment.org/2014/08/20/egypt-counterterrorism-and-politics-of-alienation

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 430 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 431 Days - Sarah Attia visits the United Nations to Advocate for Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Release

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

September 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

431 Days
Sarah Attia Visits the United Nations to Advocate for Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Release

Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian-born wife, visited Geneva from August 25 to August 29 2014 to meet with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner and its human rights bodies.

In November 2013, four months after Khaled’s initial disappearance, the Working Group for Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations Human Rights Council called for the immediate release of Khaled and other aide’s of the former Egyptian President.  Since then, neither the Egyptian authorities nor other UN permanent member states have taken the appropriate steps to remedy the situation.

During this recent trip, Sarah updated the UN human rights bodies on Khaled’s current conditions and his ailing health and called on the UN and its permanent members to urgently assist in securing his immediate release. It is clear to the international community that Khaled is innocent of any wrong doing and the cruel conditions he is facing should be stopped.

In early November 2014, Egypt will be undergoing its Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record.  Human Rights Organizations including but not limited to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are hoping that the United Nations Human Rights Council will act to address the deteriorating human rights situation in Egypt and promote accountability for past violations in the country (see joint statement).

Khaled’s family has been informed that an appeal of the most recent renewal has been submitted and Khaled may appear in front of a judge on Sunday or Monday of the upcoming week.

Sarah has been advocating for the release of her husband since he was detained in July 2013. She has been lobbying the Canadian government and other countries to intervene for his freedom since April 2014.

Recent Media

ABC News - Wife of Egyptian political prisoner launches UN bid to free him in the hope it will help thousands of others
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4082153.htm

Reuters  -Wife of imprisoned aide to Egypt's Mursi brings case to U.N
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/26/uk-egypt-violence-idUKKBN0GQ1W320140826

The Local – Switzerland News - Jailed Morsi aide's wife seeks UN help in Egypt
http://www.thelocal.ch/20140827/jailed-morsi-aides-wife-seeks-un-help

Yahoo - Wife of jailed Morsi aide pleads for world to act on Egypt
http://news.yahoo.com/wife-jailed-morsi-aide-pleads-world-act-egypt-152850786.html

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Egypt, Counterterrorism, and the Politics of Alienation
http://carnegieendowment.org/2014/08/20/egypt-counterterrorism-and-politics-of-alienation

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 430 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Urgent Action: 415 Days Free Khaled Needs Your Funds‏‎\

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

August 22, 2014
415 Days

Request for Support

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Free Khaled Campaign,

Khaled is in his 415th day of unlawful detainment! As we spend our days enjoying family and friends, he sits in solitary confinement waiting for every hour to pass, hoping that something will change. 

We need to continue to push forward, attempting every strategy we can to get him released. For this, we request your immediate financial assistance. Please donate generously to our campaign via our Gofundme page at http://www.gofundme.com/freekhaledalqazzaz

Our latest project is a U.N. trip for Sarah Attia. 

Your donations will fund:

  • U.N. and other applications
  • Airfare, internal travel, and accommodation
  • Expert consultations

In addition to the UN initiative, donations will support ongoing work:

  • Rally materials
  • Event booking fees
  • Communications (web hosting, newswires, long-distance conferencing)

Khaled worked to make the world a better place, promoting human rights and freedom for all. Let's do the same -- Free Khaled!
 
Thank you!

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

Press Release: 402 Days - Amnesty International Issues an Urgent Call for Action for Khaled's Release Due to Medical Complications

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

August 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

402 Days
Amnesty International Issues an Urgent Call for Action for Khaled’s Release Due to Medical Complications 

Today Amnesty International issued an URGENT ACTION to its members and the international community, asking its over 3 million supporters in over 150 countries to write immediately to Egypt’s Public Prosecutor, President, and Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights.

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, who has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 400 days.

35-year-old Khaled’s health has deteriorated significantly.  A recent MRI and medical reports show that he is at risk of permanent disability and paralysis if not provided with critical treatment.  His medical complications are exasperated due to the poor conditions that he is having to endure as a result of his illegal detainment.

Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian-born wife, is calling on those supporting her in advocating for Khaled’s release and on all people who stand with justice to immediately write letters.  The URGENT ACTION and additional details can be found in the following link – Amnesty Urgent Action Document

Click her to find English and Arabic letter templates and assistance with free online faxing service

All human rights statements and urgent actions released on Khaled can be found here:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/human-rights-statements/

Call to Action

1. Share and like our facebook posting on this URGENT ACTION
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz

2. Re-tweet our message on this URGENT ACTION
https://twitter.com/FreeKhaledAQ

3. Send letters to recommended recipients

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 400 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 401 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Detainment Renewed for 45 Days

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

August 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

401 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewed for 45 Days 

After delaying his decision by 1 day, the judge announced this morning that Khaled’s detainment would be renewed for another 45 days.

Yesterday, Khaled’s lawyers presented their case for his immediate release.  Today’s decision was not substantiated in any way, and neither the prosecution nor the judge offered any information about why Khaled was being held.

Khaled’s lawyers intend on immediately submitting an appeal to this decision.

Recent Media

Mississauga woman says her husband's health is declining in Egyptian prison
http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/4733735-mississauga-woman-says-her-husband-s-health-is-declining-in-egyptian-prison/

Call to Action

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign is calling on friends and supporters to mail post cards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your own post card!
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/write-a-letter-of-support/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 400 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 400 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz 45-Day Detention Renewal Decision Delayed

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

August 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

400 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz 45-Day Detention Renewal Decision Delayed

Today Khaled was scheduled for a 45-day detention renewal. He has not been charged to date and no accusations have been provided to the family.
Khaled was transferred early morning from Tora maximum security prison to the court house. Family was not allowed to attend. Khaled was wearing a neck brace and continues to suffer from the conditions that he is being held in.

This week the metal cage used for the defendants was replaced by a glass cage.  The cage had low visibility and Khaled could only hear through a speaker. According to Khaled’s lawyers, this cage is against Egyptian law. 

Khaled and his lawyers were allowed to speak to the judge and argue that he should be released.  However, after waiting for a few hours, the lawyers were informed that the judge delayed his decision to tomorrow. “Khaled was an activist, a human rights defender and believer of a new democratic and free Egypt. He has not done anything wrong and his prolonged detainment is an injustice to his sacrifice for Egypt.  I remain hopeful for Khaled’s release tomorrow. I remain hopeful that the judge will decide in Khaled’s favor,” says Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian born wife.

Sarah has called on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearance and urgently assist in securing the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz. The Canadian Embassy in Cairo sent a representative to attend.

On July 1, 2014, the Prosecutor General placed Khaled and other detainees in his ward under further lock-down denying them of family and lawyer visits for one month. Yesterday Khaled’s family applied for a prison visit and were informed that the lock-down has been lifted and they should be able to see Khaled soon.

On July 15, 2014, prominent Canadians stood alongside Sarah Attia at Parliament Hill and presented an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on the Canadian government to intervene.  To date no response has been given to Sarah or her family.

Recent Media

Mississauga woman says her husband's health is declining in Egyptian prison
http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/4733735-mississauga-woman-says-her-husband-s-health-is-declining-in-egyptian-prison/

Call to Action

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign is calling on friends and supporters to mail post cards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your own post card!
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/write-a-letter-of-support/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 399days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 399 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Scheduled for August 5, 2014

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

August 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

399 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Scheduled for Tuesday August 5, 2014

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been illegally detained without charge for almost 400 days.  He is being held in solitary confinement in a maximum-security prison.   On June 25, 2014 Khaled’s illegal detainment was extended for an additional 45 days.   On July 1 2014, the Prosecutor General placed Khaled and other detainees in his ward under further lock-down denying them of family and lawyer visits for one month.

Khaled’s lawyers have been notified that his next court appearance will take place on Tuesday August 5, 2014. On that day, a judge will decide whether Khaled should be released or if his detainment should continue for another 45 days.

Prior to Khaled’s enforced lock-down, medical reports had shown that his solitary confinement has caused, and is exacerbating, numerous medical problems that may lead to paralysis and permanent disability if not treated immediately.  For the last 30 days without access to visits, Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian born wife, has been concerned that his health is rapidly deteriorating and fears more permanent damage.
“I am extremely concerned about Khaled’s conditions and I am calling for Khaled to be transferred to a hospital where he has access to proper medical attention,” says Sarah Attia. Khaled’s family hopes that his 30 day lock-down will not be renewed and his rights to family and lawyer will be allowed.

Sarah has called on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearance and urgently assist in securing the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

On July 15 prominent Canadians stood alongside Sarah Attia at Parliament Hill and presented an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the situation of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.  To date no response has been given to Sarah or her family.

Recent Media

The London Free Press: Lack of compassion a vile choice
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/07/25/islam-view-lack-of-compassion-a-vile-choice

Call to Action

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign is calling on friends and supporters to mail post cards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your own post card!
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/write-a-letter-of-support/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 399 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Help Sarah travel to the U.N. to request help with Khaled's release.

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Khaled and Sarah need YOUR help!

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Sarah will be travelling to the UN to call for an end to Khaled's unjust detainment. Your donations will fund:
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- airfare, internal travel, and accommodation
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Please donate and share with your friends and family. Khaled worked to make the world a better place, promoting human rights and freedom for all. Let's do the same -- Free Khaled!

Press Release: 378 Days - July 15 Press Conference: Canadians Urge Prime Minister to Intervene

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

July 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

378 Days

July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference:
Canadians Urge Prime Minister to Intervene

Today, prominent Canadians stood alongside Canadian Sarah Attia in a press conference at Parliament Hill  and presented an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the situation of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

RochTasse, Alex Neve, and Monia Mazigh, signatories of the letter, each shared aspects of the letter and all urged Prime Minister Harper to intervene and end the ordeal that Khaled, Sarah and their four children have lived through for the last 11 months.

“Thank you to the many Canadian lawyers, academics, authors, and activist [signatories] for your support and for standing alongside my family to call for an end to this injustice” said Sarah Attia. The names of the 129 leading Canadians and 6 organizations who signed the letter can be found on the campaign web page.

“Make no mistake; silence on the part of the Canadian government is not neutral. Canada’s failure to intervene at a political level risks sending a message that Canada is essentially unconcerned” says Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada.

Khaled’s permanent resident status “may mean that it’s more difficult for Canada to gain access, it should not at all dictate what action Canada takes on the case, how clearly and forcefully Canada raises it, how regularly senior levels from the foreign minister, from the prime minister himself,” said Alex Neve.

In the open-letter signatories including Canadian academics, lawyers, professionals, authors, artists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, activists and organizations have collectively asserted that “we believe that Canada cannot be silent any longer.We are now calling upon you, Prime Minister, to take prompt and meaningful action.”

Dr. Mazigh, the wife of Maher Arar, a Canadian who was previously detained abroad, commented on Khaled's 380-day long detention:. “Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been in solitary confinement for more than a year. Solitary confinement is the worst kind of psychological torture. My husband went through this ordeal and today he still bears the consequences. When the Canadian government of the time spoke with one strong voice to the Syrian voice my husband was released shortly after,” said Dr. Mazigh.

The open-letter has been published with The Star in an opinion piece. A video of the press conference can be found on the campaign's official YouTube channel.

Recent Media:

Letter and Signatories
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/open-letter-to-pm-harper/

Press Conference Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2boTIuyjMo&feature=youtu.be

The Star – Stephen Harper, Khaled Al-Qazzaz needs your help
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/15/stephen_harper_khaled_alqazzaz_needs_your_help.html

CTV - Al-Qazzaz jailed in Egypt: Harper urged to intervene
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/al-qazzaz-jailed-in-egypt-harper-urged-to-intervene-1.1914480

Sun News - Family of Permanent Canadian Resident Jailed in Cairo Asks For Government's Help
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/world/archives/2014/07/20140715-173502.html

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah Attia can be reached for questions and clarifications on her husband’s ordeal.

Call to Action

Postcard Campaign
Supporters of the Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign are calling on Canadians to mail postcards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your postcard or use our online form and we will send it for you.
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/postcard-campaign/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 378days. He has been held without charges for overone year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzazis an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 378 Days - Media Advisory - July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference | Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to PM Stephen Harper

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference

Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to
Prime Minister Stephen Harper 
Requesting Action in the Case of Khaled Al-Qazzaz

MEDIA ADVISORY

When        

July 15, 2014
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where        

Ottawa, Ontario
Parliament Hill
Charles Lynch Room

Who

Roch Tasee - National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
Alex Neve - Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada
Monia Mazigh - Professor and Author of “Hope and Despair” and wife of Maher Arar, previous Canadian detained abroad
Sarah Attia – Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Toronto-born wife

Program      
10:30 AM – Roch Tasse 
10:32 AM – Alex Neve
10:37 AM – Monia Mazigh
10:39 AM – Sarah Attia 
10:40 AM – Q and A
11:00 AM – Close

What

Leading Canadian academics, lawyers, professionals, authors, artists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, activists and organizations have collectively endorsed an open letter requesting Prime Minister Harper’s prompt and meaningful action to secure the immediate release of Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been detained by the Egyptian military without charge since July 3, 2013 and is currently being held in solitary confinement in Tora Prison in Cairo. He is the longest held detainee since the July 2013 Egyptian military coup. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch characterize Khaled’s detainment as “enforced disappearance” under international law, recognizing it as a breach of human rights. Khaled is being held under inhumane conditions and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

A Parliament Hill Press Conference has been arranged ahead of publishing the letter, where leading Canadians committed to Khaled’s release are scheduled to speak. Roch Tasse, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, will host the conference. Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, will address Khaled’s illegal detainment. Writer and activist Dr. Monia Mazigh, will comment on the tragedy for Al-Qazzaz’s family. Also speaking will be Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Toronto-born wife, who will share the impact on her family.  The panel will respond to questions from media on Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s ordeal.

The press conference will be held at the Charles-Lynch Press Conference Room in Centre Block on Parliament Hill, on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 10.30 am. The open letter and the list of signatories will be published on July 15, 2014.

Khaled’s health has deteriorated significantly and a recent medical report is showing his conditions may lead to paralysis and permanent disability if not treated immediately.

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign has been calling on the Canadian government to demand Khaled's release, since early April.  While the Government of Canada has offered incremental consular support, little change has been seen in Khaled’s conditions, let alone his release.

Inquiries

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Further Information:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

Recent Media

July 14
The Star - Ottawa abandoned my friend in an Egyptian prison
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/13/ottawa_abandoned_my_friend_in_an_egyptian_prison.html

July 11

Rabble.ca - Khaled Al-Qazzaz' torment is an affront to liberal democracy
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2014/07/khaled-al-qazzaz-torment-affront-to-liberal-democracy

July 9
Ottawa Citizen - Canadian government failing Egypt's prisoners
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/world/canadian-government-failing-egypts-prisoners

Code Pink - Our Letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz
http://codepink.org/blog/2014/07/our-letter-to-canadian-prime-minister-stephen-harper-free-khaled-al-qazzaz/

July 2
CNN Amanpour – 'Enough is enough,' says wife of former Morsy aide jailed in Egypt
http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/01/enough-is-enough-says-wife-of-former-morsy-aide-jailed-in-egypt/

CBC - Khaled Al-Qazzaz, Mohamed Fahmy supported at rallies to improve prison conditions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/khaled-al-qazzaz-mohamed-fahmy-supported-at-rallies-to-improve-prison-conditions-1.2691026

CTV - Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz rally urges Ottawa 'do the right thing'
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/free-khaled-al-qazzaz-rally-urges-ottawa-do-the-right-thing-1.1891201

CTV – Ahmad Attia, brother-in-law of detainee Khaled Al-Qazzaz discusses the importance of support and awareness of human rights.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=389737

The Star - Family, supporters rally for man held in Egypt without charge
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/06/28/family_supporters_rally_for_man_held_in_egypt_without_charge.html

Mississauga News – City Centre protesters demand release of political prisoner in Egypt
http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/4607592-protesters-rally-in-celebration-square-demand-release-of-political-prisoner-in-egypt/

La Presse – Entre deux prédateurs
http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/opinions/editoriaux/201406/26/01-4779244-entre-deux-predateurs.php

June 27
NYT - Why Is the World Silent? Khaled al-Qazzaz: Disappeared by Egypt’s Military
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/28/opinion/khaled-al-qazzaz-disappeared-by-egypts-military.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

The Star - Jailed journalists face uncertain fate in Egypt
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/06/25/jailed_journalists_face_uncertain_fate_in_egypt.html

The Star - How secularists and liberals became enablers of Egyptian junta: Siddiqui
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/06/25/how_secularists_and_liberals_became_enablers_of_egyptian_junta_siddiqui.html

June 26
The Guardian – Sarah Attia releases a letter to the Egyptian Prosecutor General - My husband has been illegally held in an Egyptian prison for a year. Enough
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/26/illegally-held-egyptian-prison-prosecutor-general-egypt

The Star - Canadian family of another Egyptian detainee ‘hit hard’ by Fahmy ruling
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/06/25/canadian_family_of_another_egyptian_detainee_hit_hard_by_fahmy_ruling.html#

June 25
The Star - Canadian family of another Egyptian detainee ‘hit hard’ by Fahmy ruling
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/06/25/canadian_family_of_another_egyptian_detainee_hit_hard_by_fahmy_ruling.html#

Global Toronto – Sarah Attia speaks about what the Canadian government has done or not done to help her husband.
http://globalnews.ca/video/1414904/sarah-attia

CBC Metro Morning – Khaled Al-Qazzaz imprisoned in Egypt
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Ontario/ID/2467734417/

June 24
CTV - Fahmy's conviction worries Canadian, whose husband is due in Egyptian court
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/fahmy-s-conviction-worries-canadian-whose-husband-is-due-in-egyptian-court-1.1883248#ixzz35fddIaUn

Canada AM - Canadian turns to Ottawa to demand release of husband jailed in Egypt
http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/canadian-turns-to-ottawa-to-demand-release-of-husband-jailed-in-egypt-1.1795337#ixzz35fe3gka2

June 23
CTV - Canadian concerned as husband due in Egypt court
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/fahmy-s-conviction-worries-canadian-whose-husband-is-due-in-egyptian-court-1.1883248#ixzz35ZHZcoLf

Egypt's Gulag published by Justin Podur
http://podur.org/node/1067
 

Press Release: 377 Days - July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference: Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

July 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

377 Days

July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference:
Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper  
Requesting Action in the Case of Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Leading Canadian academics, lawyers, professionals, authors, artists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, activists and organizations have collectively endorsed an open letter requesting Prime Minister Harper’s prompt and meaningful action to secure the immediate release of Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been detained by the Egyptian military without charge since July 3, 2013 and is currently being held in solitary confinement in Tora Prison in Cairo. He is the longest held detainee since the July 2013 Egyptian military coup. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch characterize Khaled’s detainment as “enforced disappearance” under international law, recognizing it as a breach of human rights. Khaled is being held under inhumane conditions and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

A Parliament Hill Press Conference has been arranged ahead of publishing the letter, where leading Canadians committed to Khaled’s release are scheduled to speak. Roch Tasse, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, will host the conference. Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, will address Khaled’s illegal detainment. Writer and activist Dr. Monia Mazigh, will comment on the tragedy for Al-Qazzaz’s family. Also speaking will be Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Toronto-born wife, who will share the impact on her family.  The panel will respond to questions from media on Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s ordeal.

The press conference will be held at the Charles-Lynch Press Conference Room in Centre Block on Parliament Hill, on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 10.30 am. The open letter and the list of signatories will be published on July 15, 2014.

haled’s health has deteriorated significantly and a recent medical report is showing his conditions may lead to paralysis and permanent disability if not treated immediately.

Recent Media:

The Star - Ottawa abandoned my friend in an Egyptian prison
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/13/ottawa_abandoned_my_friend_in_an_egyptian_prison.html

Rabble.ca - Khaled Al-Qazzaz' torment is an affront to liberal democracy
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2014/07/khaled-al-qazzaz-torment-affront-to-liberal-democracy

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah Attia will be available in Ottawa on July 15 and 16, 2014 for interviews.

Call to Action

Postcard Campaign
Supporters of the Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign are calling on Canadians to mail postcards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your postcard or use our online form and we will send it for you.
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/postcard-campaign/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 377 days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

 

Press Release: 376 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Court Appearance Delayed | Health Condition Is Deteriorating Sharply

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

June 13, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

376 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Court Appearance Delayed
Health Condition Is Deteriorating Sharply

Lawyers of Canadian permanent resident, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, have informed Sarah Attia, his Toronto-born wife, that today’s appeal has been delayed.  A confirmed date has not been provided.

As of July 3, 2014 Khaled’s lawyers and family have been denied access to visit him, a clear violation of Khaled’s basic human rights. Khaled’s family had been providing him access to critical medication and he no longer has access to this medication.

We have learnt from recent information provided to the family that his solitary confinement has caused, and is exacerbating, numerous medical problems. Khaled’s health has deteriorated significantly and a recent medical report is showing his conditions may lead to paralysis and permanent disability if not treated immediately.

“Khaled needs to be moved to a hospital and be given immediate medical attention. He needs surgery or else he may lose motion in his arms and legs.  Human Rights Organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross need to ensure that he is transferred to a hospital before it’s too late,” says Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Toronto-born wife.

Recent Media:

Rabble.ca - Khaled Al-Qazzaz' torment is an affront to liberal democracy
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2014/07/khaled-al-qazzaz-torment-affront-to-liberal-democracy

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah Attia is available for media interviews to discuss Khaled’s prison conditions and his medical crisis.

Call to Action

Postcard Campaign
Supporters of the Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign are calling on Canadians to mail postcards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your postcard or use our online form and we will send it for you.
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/postcard-campaign/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 376days. He has been held without charges for over one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for over two months but little progress has been made

Further information can be found at:

http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Press Release: 372 Days - Appeal Hearing Scheduled for Sunday July 13 | Baby Tahrir Turns Two without her Father

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

July 9, 2014
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

372 Days
Appeal Hearing Scheduled for Sunday July 13 
Baby Tahrir Turns Two without her Father

Lawyers of Canadian permanent resident, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, have informed Sarah Attia, his Toronto-born wife, that Khaled will be in court again on Sunday July 13, for the appeal of the last 45 day extension of his detainment. 

Sarah is hoping that Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, will make a call to Egyptian authorities to bring an end to this ordeal and that the Canadian Government will monitor the hearing.

As of July 3, 2014 Khaled’s lawyers and family have been denied access to visit him, a clear violation of Khaled’s basic human rights. The condition of his health, especially given that Khaled’s family has been providing him access to critical medication, is unknown and of great concern.

On Saturday July 12, 2014 Tahrir, Khaled and Sarah’s youngest daughter, will turn two.  Khaled and Sarah named her after the revolutionary square that came to symbolize hope for Egypt following the January 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak. Khaled believed that Tahrir would grow up in a liberated world and would be able to witness a liberated Egypt. Tahrir does not know who her father is.

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz has published a short film on Khaled Al-Qazzaz and his 365 days of detention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm-RnrGbeGs

Code Pink has issued an open-letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to take a stand for the release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

Recent Media

Ottawa Citizen - Canadian government failing Egypt's prisoners
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/world/canadian-government-failing-egypts-prisoners

Code Pink - Our Letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz
http://codepink.org/blog/2014/07/our-letter-to-canadian-prime-minister-stephen-harper-free-khaled-al-qazzaz/

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah Attia is available for interviews to discuss her husband’s detainment and health conditions.

Call to Action

Postcard Campaign
Supports of the Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign are calling on Canadians to mail postcards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your postcard or use our online form and we will send it for you.
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/postcard-campaign/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 372days. He has been held without charges for nearly one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz was an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for two months but little progress has been made.

Further information can be found at:

http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com

https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz

@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com