Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 378 Days - FREEKQ - 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 - FREEKQ - 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 - FREEKQ - 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 - FREEKQ - 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

Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar Sends Letter to Minister Baird in Support of Khaled's Release

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

Paul Dewar, Ottawa Centre MP, has written to Minister Baird asking what steps are being taken to advocate on behalf of him and his family. It has now been over a year since Khaled's unjust detainment in cruel conditions in Egypt, with little pressure from the Canadian government for his freedom. In his letter, Mr. Dewar writes:

“Mr. al-Qazzaz has a wife and four young children. These Canadian citizens deserve their husband and father, and they deserve the support of the Government of Canada in ensure that he is safe.

I am writing to ask you for information regarding action the Government of Canada has taken, is taking, or will take to encourage the Egyptian authorities to either formally charge or release Mr. al-Qazzaz. Has the government registered a formal protest with Egyptian authorities concerning the duration and conditions of his detention, and if so at what level?”

To read the letter in full, please click on the link below.

Letter to Minister Baird- MP John Dewar

CODEPINK Releases Statement of Support

More about Khaled, Campaign NewsRidwan Al-Nachawati

The human rights organization, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, has released a statement of support for our campaign by sending letters to General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on July 3rd, which marks the 1 year anniversary of Khaled's detention. The letters state:

"On this 365th day of Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s detention, CODEPINK implores those in power in Canada to help resolve this tremendous injustice. Each and every day that Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s release is prolonged is a crime. However, each and every day is also a new opportunity to end an egregious human rights violation. In order to uphold standards of human rights, civil liberties, and respect for human dignity, CODEPINK urges you to demand the immediate and safe release of prisoner Al-Qazzaz to mark the beginning of turning tides of respect for human rights in Egypt."

 

To read the letters in full, please click on the links below.

CODEPINK letter to Stephen Harper

CODEPINK letter to General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Press Release: 365 Days - Khaled is the Longest Detainee in Egypt

Updates on Khaled, Campaign NewsFree Khaled

July 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

365 Days
Khaled is the Longest Detainee in Egypt
Today Marks his 35th Birthday, 365 Days in Detention and
Intensified Violations of his Basic Human Rights

As of the July 3 2013 military coup, Khaled is the longest held detainee in Egypt, along with the 8 other aides of President Morsi. He remains uncharged without any official allegations.

Khaled is the father of four young Canadian children and today they are wondering why their father still remains unlawfully detained in Egypt when ‘he was fixing Egypt’. Today is Khaled’s 35th birthday and instead of celebrations his family remains extremely concerned for his health and safety.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz was an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. He spent the 18 days in Tahrir Square until the fall of Mubarak in 2011. He campaigned for social change, economic reform, and freedom and justice for all Egyptians.  He was the youngest member of the democratically elected President Morsi’s staff.

Yesterday Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian-born wife, was informed that Egypt’s Prosecutor General has issued a decision that Khaled will be denied access to lawyers and family for the next month.  This is a clear violation of Khaled’s basic human rights.

While no reasons were provided, this intensified lockdown and isolation is clearly an attempt to silence Khaled completely. However, Khaled remains hopefully and steadfast in his fight for freedom. "After one year of unjust captivity under very difficult conditions, I still believe in the good in people around the world. All that we need to do is to start a wave of goodness everywhere in the world that will follow from person to person or people to people. Then, we will see more justice and freedom in the world. So be the one who starts this wave," says Khaled in a note received by Sarah several days ago.

Canadians will gather at Queens Park on July 3, 2014 at 8 pm for a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity for those detained or killed since the military coup.

Recent Media

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/

Middle East Eye – Anniversary looms for Canadian resident detained in Egypt
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/anniversary-looms-canadian-resident-detained-egypt/2056393788

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 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

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah Attia is available for interviews to discuss her experience in Egypt and in Canada after the July 3rd 2013 military coup and the conditions in which her husband has been detained.  

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/

July 3rd Vigil
The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy is organizing a candle vigil at Queens Park on July 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm stand in solidarity for those detained or killed since the military coup.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 365 days. 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 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

Press Release: Concern Rises as 1 Year Mark Nears

Campaign NewsFree Khaled

July 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

364 Days
Concern Rises as 1 Year Mark Nears.
Canadians Demand a Stronger Response from Government 
and Sarah Speaks to the International Community

In the last week Canadian supporters for Khaled Al-Qazzaz have escalated their concern for the Federal Government’s limited response and intervention in Khaled’s case.  Several hundred supporters gathered in Mississauga, Ontario and rallied for the government to take more action.  A replica of Khaled’s cell was on display to demonstrate the gross human rights violations that Khaled is experiencing.

Also, as of July 1, 2014 9000 supporters right across Canada have mailed post cards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird calling on them to intervene and call authorities in Egypt to demand Khaled’s release.  Many supporters have called Minister John Baird’s office to inquire as to what action he has taken and request that he meet with Khaled’s Canadian born-wife, Sarah Attia. When interviewed on CBC, Sarah emphasized what she is asking from the Federal Government. "If quiet diplomacy is what they are willing to use to help my husband and Mohamed Fahmy that is fine, but I need to see results," Sarah said. "Whatever Canada has been doing is not enough. Canada needs to do more — quietly, or loud and clear."

On June 30, 2014 Sarah Attia spoke with Christiane Amanpour on CNN. When asked about why Khaled took the risk of publishing a letter in the NYT, Sarah responded “we all reached a point where we said enough is enough - we cannot sit down and do nothing anymore. Khaled has been behind bars in Egypt's worst prisons for almost a year now."

Watch Segment: http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/01/enough-is-enough-says-wife-of-former-morsy-aide-jailed-in-egypt

As Egypt approaches the one-year mark after the July 3rd 2013 military coup, it seems that there is little hope for a democratic Egypt and the freedom of Khaled Al-Qazzaz and thousands like him.

Canadians will gather at Queens Park on July 3, 2014 for a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity for those detained or killed since the military coup.

Recent Media

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/

Middle East Eye – Anniversary looms for Canadian resident detained in Egypt
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/anniversary-looms-canadian-resident-detained-egypt/2056393788

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

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah Attia is available for interviews to the July 3rd military coup anniversary.

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/

July 3rd Vigil
The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy is organizing a candle vigil at Queens Park on July 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm stand in solidarity for those detained or killed since the military coup.

 

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 364 days. 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 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

Press Release: Khaled’s Smuggled Letter from Torah Prison is Published in the New York Times

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledFree Khaled

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

360 Days
Khaled’s Smuggled Letter from Torah Prison is Published in the New York Times

In 5 days, Khaled Al-Qazzaz will have endured 365 days of unlawful detainment and solitary confinement.

Several days ago Khaled smuggled a letter out of Torah maximum security prison. It was published in the New York Times online today, and will appear in print on June 28. Khaled asks why the international community is silent about those detained and about the ongoing human rights violations in Egypt. “Why is the world silent?” says Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/28/opinion/khaled-al-qazzaz-disappeared-by-egypts-military.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0                                             

On June 25, Amnesty International Canada issued an open letter to Minister John Baird regarding the cases of Mohamed Fahmy and Khaled al-Qazzaz in Egypt. On Khaled’s case they state, “International human rights standards require detainees to be charged and tried promptly.  By any measure one year of detention without charge or trial blatantly violates that fundamentally important obligation.  And each day of further imprisonment in contravention of that vital safeguard only deepens the gravity of the violations Mr. Al-Qazzaz continues to experience.  Given that Mr. Al-Qazzaz is a Canadian permanent resident and his wife and children Canadian citizens, we renew our call to you to communicate publicly a clear request to Egyptian authorities to release him now unless he is immediately charged with a recognizably criminal offence by the ordinary (not military) Prosecution and given a fair trial before a civilian court with no recourse to the death penalty.”

http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-letters/letter-to-the-honourable-john-baird-re-the-cases-of-mohamed-fahmy-and-khaled

Canada has always had a global reputation as a defender of human rights, however, its recent position has been far from this. Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Mohamed Fahmy are a testimony to the gross human rights violations in Egypt. Canada should speak out against the 2588 killed, 21,317 detained, 80 journalists arrested, the media silencing and the women and children detained.

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign has built a replica of Khaled’s cell and it will be on display at the June 28 rally located at the Mississauga Civic Centre at 3 pm. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/712055558832286/

Recent Media

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

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss Khaled’s renewed maximum security detainment. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.

Call to Action

Khaled Al-Qazzaz - Rally For His Freedom - Bring Khaled Home!
Saturday, June 28 at 3:00 PM
Mississauga Civic Centre
We are calling on a minimum of 365 supporters to come out. Each person will represent one day of solitary confinement - one day of silence - one day of Khaled's voice.

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 360 days. 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 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

Press Release: Three Major Updates

Updates on Khaled, Campaign NewsFree Khaled

June 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

359 Days
Three Major Updates: Sarah Attia Releases Letter to Egypt Prosecutor General;
Khaled’s Father Released; and June 28 Rally Location Change

 

After the events of this week, Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian born wife, has issued a letter to the Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat. The Guardian has published the letter and hopefully it will gain international attention and make it to the Prosecutor General’s desk.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/26/illegally-held-egyptian-prison-prosecutor-general-egypt

Yesterday Sarah Attia received confirmation that her father-in-law was released on the basis of health conditions. He is scheduled next week for open-heart surgery. Mr. Qazzaz, a 70 year old education consultant and business man, was unlawfully arrested in October 2013 and detained in Tora prison without charges for almost 9 months.

Rally Location Change

The Saturday June 28 rally for the freedom of Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Mohamed Fahmy has been re-located to Mississauga Civic Centre near Celebration Square.

Supporters for justice in Canada are calling for both Khaled and Mohamed to be released. On June 28 Canadians will gather at Mississauga Civic centre to urge the Canadian federal government to recognise the human rights violations, speak out against the lack of due process taking place in Egypt, and demand Khaled and Mohamed’s release.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Mohamed Fahmy have suffered in solitary confinement in neighbouring cells until Mohamed was relocated. Khaled remains in solitary confinement without charge. Mohamed Fahmy has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Recent Media

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#

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss Khaled’s renewed maximum security detainment. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.

Call to Action

Khaled Al-Qazzaz - Rally For His Freedom - Bring Khaled Home!
Saturday, June 28 at 3:00 PM
Mississauga Civic Centre
We are calling on a minimum of 365 supporters to come out. Each person will represent one day of solitary confinement - one day of silence - one day of Khaled's voice.

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 359 days. 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 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

Press Release: June 28 Protest in Queens Park

Campaign NewsFree Khaled

June 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

358 Days

June 28 Protest in Queens Park

Canadians Urge Government to Intervene
on Behalf of Those Imprisoned in Egypt

In the initial months of solitary confinement detention, Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Mohamed Fahmy were placed in neighbouring cells. They got to know one another through long discussions, but were never able to see each other. In those months, Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian wife, would meet Mohamed Fahmy’s family, also Canadian, in the long waits to visit their beloved.

Supporters for justice in Canada are calling for both Khaled and Mohamed to be released.

On June 28, 2014 Canadians will gather at Queens Park to urge the Canadian federal government to recognise the human rights violations, speak out against the lack of due process taking place in Egypt, and demand Khaled and Mohamed's release.

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz campaign, with the support of several human rights organizations, is organizing this rally to protest the injustice that Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Mohamed Fahmy are facing. Supporters are calling for 365 people to come out, each representing 1 of 365 days of silence that Khaled has had to endure in isolation. Based on descriptions provided by Khaled, a live replica of his cell will be on display.

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.

Unless something is done, on July 3rd Khaled will reach 365 days of unlawful detainment in a maximum-security prison in solitary confinement without charge.

Recent Media

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

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/

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss Khaled’srenewed maximum security detainment. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.

Call to Action

Khaled Al-Qazzaz - Rally For His Freedom - Bring Khaled Home!
Saturday, June 28 at 3:00 PM
Queens Park in Toronto, Ontario
We are calling on a minimum of 365 supporters to come out. Each person will represent one day of solitary confinement - one day of silence - one day of Khaled's voice.

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 358 days. 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 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

Press Release: Renewed for 45 Days but Canadians Want Khaled to Come Home Now

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledFree Khaled

June 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

357 Days
Renewed for 45 Days but Canadians Want Khaled to Come Home Now

Today Khaled Al-Qazzaz appeared before a judge to determine if his solitary confinement detainment will be renewed for another 45 days. When given an opportunity to address the judges, Khaled spoke out and told them, "this is your chance to show the world that the Egyptian judiciary can serve justice." The judge simply renewed his sentence without charge for another 45 days. A delegate from the Canadian embassy attended the court appearance.

In court today Khaled was informed that his father, who is detained in a military hospital, requires open-heart surgery after suffering two heart attacks in Torah prison. Khaled’s 75 year old father is being held without charge by Egyptian authorities.  Khaled was also informed that his uncle passed-away on Sunday June 22, 2014.

Several supporters across Canada have teamed up to send the Canadian government a message: “Hon. Stephen Harper, pick up the phone and call President Sisi. Khaled Al-Qazzaz must be released!”

As of today, over 4000 post cards have been mailed. The campaign hopes that before July 3, 2014, Khaled’s 35thbirthday, over 10,000 postcards will be delivered to the Canadian government.

On June 28, 2014 Canadians will gather at Queens Park to rally the Canadian Federal Government to take more action.  A minimum of 365 people will come out to represent 365 days of silence that Khaled has had to endure in isolation.

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign has been urging the Canadian government to pressure Egyptian authorities to release Khaled since early April.  While the Government of Canada has offered incremental support, little progress has been made.  Unless something is done, July 3rd will mark 365 days of Khaled’s unlawful detainment in a maximum-security prison in solitary confinement without charge.

Recent Media

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

Interview Opportunities: 

Canadian Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, is available for interviews to discuss Khaled’s renewed maximum security detainment. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.

Call to Action

Khaled Al-Qazzaz - Rally For His Freedom - Bring Khaled Home!
Saturday, June 28 at 3:00 PM
Queens Park in Toronto, Ontario
We are calling on a minimum of 365 supporters to come out. Each person will represent one day of solitary confinement - one day of silence - one day of Khaled's voice.

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 357 days. 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 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

Press Release: Unanticipated Rescheduling of Court Appearance to June 24

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledFree Khaled

June 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 356 Days
Unanticipated Rescheduling of Court Appearance to June 24

Following the unfortunate news of Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian wife, was contacted by lawyers in Cairo and informed that his court appearancehas been rescheduled from July 1st to June 24, 2014 – tomorrow.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has not been charged for 356 days.  In 9 days, he will complete a year of unlawful detainment in solitary confinement.

Lawyers have not been informed of reasons for the unexpected date change.  No formal accusations have been shared.  Why Khaled is being detained remains unknown.

Khaled’s family is concerned that he will become locked into a continuous cycle of solitary confinement extensions without ever having fair legal process. Sarah is urgently calling on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearance and demand Khaled's immediate release.

Recent Media

World Bulletin has published an article on June 20, 2014. 
“Canadian still in Egyptian prison after a year”

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/139299/canadian-still-in-egyptian-prison-after-a-year

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss the July 3rd military coup anniversary, the ordeal that her family continues to live through and the future of her husband’s release given the current climate in Egypt. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.

Media Coverage of Court Appearance 

Sarah is urging media to bring Khaled’s court appearance to the world. Cairo correspondence available to attend the court appearance tomorrow should contact our team to receive details of time, location and access information.

Call to Action

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 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 356 days. 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 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

Press Release: ​Abdullah Al-Shami's Release Raises Hope for Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Family

Campaign NewsFree Khaled

June 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 352 Days
Abdullah Al-Shami's Release Raises Hope for Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Family

On Monday, Egypt's Prosecutor-General ordered the release of Abdullah Al- Shami and 12 other people pending trial into violence-related charges. In a statement, the Prosecutor-General attributed the move for the "health conditions" of the defendants.

“I am so relieved for Abdullah Al-Shami, his wife and his family.  We were so concerned for his life. I hope this is a sign that the Egyptian authorities are beginning to show basic respect for human rights. I hope this is a sign that Khaled may receive justice on July 1” says Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz Canadian-born wife.

Due to worsening conditions, medical attention has been requested for Khaled Al-Qazzaz. Physicians have issued a report that his health is deteriorating quickly.

The report has listed three critical findings.  Due to confinement in his small cell, Khaled is experiencing extrinsic pressure on his nerve root impacting his left arm, which has now become partially immobile. Sleeping conditions have resulted in Khaled enduring significant pain in his knee which can lead to long term impacts or possibly surgery if conditions persist.  Khaled is also experiencing continuous high blood pressure and if not controlled can lead to a fatal heart attack.

Khaled has not been charged, yet he has been placed in the maximum-security wing of Torah prison, one of the worst prisons in Egypt, and forced to remain in isolated solitary confinement in 45C of sweltering heat for 352 days.

By now, it should be clear to the Canadian government and the international community that Khaled is innocent of any wrong doing and the cruel conditions he is facing should be stopped.

July 1, 2014 is the day for Khaled to be given justice and released. July 1, 2014 is the day for Khaled to come home. The Canadian government and the international community should demand Egypt to respect human rights, freedom and the rule of law, and release Khaled immediately and unconditionally.

Recent Media

TheStar.com has published an opinion piece by Riad Salojee, a Canadian-South African lawyer and teacher.

“The world should demand the release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz”

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/06/19/the_world_should_demand_the_release_of_khaled_alqazzaz.html

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss the July 3rd military coup anniversary, the ordeal that her family continues to live through and the future of her husband’s release given the current climate in Egypt. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.

Court Monitoring

For the July 1, 2014 court appearance, any Cairo correspondents interested in attending should contact our team to receive details of time, location and other information.

Call to Action

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 own postcard!

http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/postcard-campaign/

Supporters

Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have expressed their support to the campaign and have expressed concern over Khaled’s continued detainment.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Global Exchange, Code Pink and the UN HRC are all supporting the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz. 

Globe and Mail, The Star, CBC and CTV have all published stories on Khaled’s detainment.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 352 days. 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 was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Sarah 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

Press Release: Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Scheduled for July 1 2014

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledFree Khaled

June 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 350 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Scheduled for July 1 2014

On June 3, 2014 Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s unlawful detainment in solitary confinement maximum-security prison without charge was extended for an additional 45 days. Today his lawyers have confirmed July 1, 2014 as his next court appearance. On that day, a judge will decide whether Khaled should be released or if his detainment should continue for another 45 days.

As we approach the July 3, 2013 military coup anniversary, this date means far more to Khaled and his family. July 3rd was the date that the Egyptian military forcibly and unlawfully detained Khaled. It is also the day that Khaled never came home to his children who had cake and gifts ready to celebrate their father’s 34th birthday. 

“July 3rd will mark 365 days of this horrible ordeal. I hope that before that day Khaled will walk through the front door and celebrate his birthday with his children this year. It has been too long.  It is time for him to come home” says Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian wife.

Khaled has done nothing wrong and he continues to spend his days and nights in solitary confinement in 45C weather in one of the worst prisons in Egypt.  July 1, 2014 is an opportunity for the Egyptian government to demonstrate respect for human rights, freedom and the rule of law.  July 1st is an opportunity for the Canadian government to bring justice and closure to this terrible ordeal that Sarah Attia, a Toronto-born Canadian citizen, and her children have suffered for close to one year.

Sarah is calling 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.

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss the ordeal that her family continues to live through and the future of her husband’s release given the current climate in Egypt. 

Recent Media

Sarah Attia published an Opinion Piece in Huffington Post “My Husband's Been Detained in Egypt 320 Days without Charge”

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sarah-attia/khaled-al-qazzaz-egypt-jail_b_5445966.html

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/postcard-campaign/ 

Supporters

“I met Khaled during the year he founded Students for World Justice (SWJ) at the University of Toronto when he asked me to take on the role of coordinator. He had a vision that saw SWJ raising awareness about global justice issues on campus. In its first year, SWJ launched an international orphan sponsorship campaign that saw 30 orphans being sponsored for a year; collaboration with the Black Students Association during Black History Month; and a panel on racial profiling at airports. Never have I met a leader with so much passion, drive and determination.  Khaled made good things happen, and he inspired everyone that knew him to do the same".

Aaida Aziz, UofT Alumni and Former SWJ Coordinator

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Global Exchange, Code Pink and the UN HRC are all supporting the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz. 

Globe and Mail, The Star, CBC and CTV have all published stories on Khaled’s detainment.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for 334 days. 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 was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Sarah 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

"My Husband's Been Detained in Egypt 320 Days Without Charge"

Reflections from SarahFree Khaled

Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz's wife, writes a strong and poignant piece on the Huffington Post about her illegally imprisoned husband:

"Khaled has been detained in Egypt without charge for over 320 days. He is being held in the country's most notorious jail - Tora Prison. He is trapped for 23 hours of the day in solitary confinement, spending his time in a two meter by two meter insect-infested cell with blood stains on the walls. His health is quickly deteriorating.

"If in 2011 you asked me how likely it was that Egypt could flourish as a healthy democracy, I would have shown you a picture of my husband and my eldest son, Abdelrahman, now eight, cheering among millions of other protesters in Egpyt's Tahrir Square. I would have told you that I was there too, demanding the resignation of a brutal dictator. When Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down, I would have told you that democracy no longer seemed like a dream - it was an attainable reality and it was at our fingertips.

"I could never have imagined that just two years later I would be living this nightmare."

Press Release: Court of Appeal Refuses Lawyer's Request for Release

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledFree Khaled

June 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 335 Days
Court of Appeal Refuses Lawyer's Request for Release

Khaled Al-Qazzaz appeared in court today behind the defendant’s cage of the courtroom in Cairo.  Family and media were denied access to the hearing.  The hearing was not monitored by any Canadian or international delegates. The lawyers appealed for Khaled’s release on the grounds of unlawful detainment without charge and his increased health concerns as a result of the detainment.  The Egyptian court of appeal refused the request that Khaled be released without providing any reasons.

Based on the original decision to extend Khaled’s detainment for 45 days, Khaled will not see another judge until July 1, 2014.

On May 23, 2014, Amnesty International issued a report on key human rights concerns ahead of presidential elections.  They have stated that “the Prosecution has ordered the continued detention of many of those arrested, pending criminal investigation, but without formal charges. Some have faced months of such preventive detention.” They also reported that “aide Khaled al-Qazzaz does not face criminal charges, despite months in detention.”

On May 30, 2014, 11 human rights organizations issued a joint letter addressing the situation of human rights in Egypt at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council. In the letter they state “recent judicial practices cast serious doubts on the independence of the judicial system and on its ability to ensure accountability.”

“There must be an end in sight. Loss of hope is not an option for my family and I. Our Canadian government must take concrete steps to bring Khaled home.  Canada has an obligation to demand that the protection of human rights is a priority on the agenda of the new president and government.  It is time that Khaled be released,” says Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz Canadian-born wife.

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss the ordeal that her family continues to live through and the future of her husband’s release given the current climate in Egypt.

Call to Action

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign is calling on friends and supporters to sign our online change.org petition: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/free-khaled-al-qazzaz

Supporters

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Global Exchange, Code Pink and the UN HRC are all supporting the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz. 

Globe and Mail, The Star, CBC and CTV have all published stories on Khaled’s detainment.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for 335 days. 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 was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Sarah 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

 

 

 

Press Release: Appeal Hearing Scheduled for June 3

Updates on Khaled, Campaign NewsFree Khaled

June 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

334 Days
Appeal Hearing Scheduled for June 3

On May 17, 2014 Khaled Al-Qazzaz appeared before a judge for the first time to rule on his release.  Khaled's detainment was extended for 45 days in solitary confinement once again.  Neither the prosecution nor the judge provided any reasons for their decision.

Last week, Khaled’s legal team submitted an appeal application.  Today, the appeal hearing was announced for June 3, 2014 to take place at the Police Academy Court.

Khaled has not been charged with any wrong doing.  His lawyers will be arguing that his detainment is unlawful and that he should be released immediately as required by Egyptian and international law.

On May 30, 2014 Minister John Baird issued a statement regarding the elections in Egypt. “The conclusion of voting in Egypt’s presidential election is a key step along Egypt’s path to democracy... Canada is committed to supporting Egypt in making a peaceful and meaningful transition to democracy, based on respect for human rights, freedom and the rule of law.”

“If Canada is committed to the respect of human rights, freedom and the rule of law in Egypt, then our Canadian government should do everything in its power to make sure Khaled receives a fair hearing and is released immediately,” says Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian wife.

Sarah, born and raised in Canada, is calling on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s hearing and 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 334 days. 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 was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.

Sarah 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

Job Posting

Free Khaled

Job Posting: Campaign Assistant for the Free Khaled Campaign 
Salary: Negotiable 
Job type: 6-month, full-time 
Posted by: Asma Ali, Campaign Head

To view the full job posting, please click here.