Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

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Pay it forward for Khaled

Campaign News, Reflections from SarahSarah Attia

Sarah Attia is back at the University of Toronto, where her story with Khaled Al-Qazzaz began. They first met on campus while studying for their masters. 10 years after their marriage and 4 kids later, she’s back at U of T – but for a very different reason.

Khaled has been #Gone500Days, held without charge. Khaled is a human rights activist, a social reformer, and an inspirational educator.

Because Khaled has been imprisoned for the last 500 days, he has not been able to give charity, spread his positive message of hope, or give Sarah and her family the love they deserve.

In the spirit of all the positive and charitable acts Khaled constantly did for our family and those around him, we have come together to pay forward Khaled’s kindness, generosity and dedication with random acts of kindness and generosity. 

It’s our hope that all of those touched by Khaled’s story, or those on the receiving end of the pay-it-forward initiatives will pay this small kindness forward to someone else in celebration of Khaled’s legacy. 

We ask that anyone who has been touched by Khaled’s kindness or by his story, to pay it forward on his behalf. Do something kind or generous for your neighbour, a local charity, or even a stranger. Then tell us about it by posting on social media using our hashtags: #Gone500Days #PayitForward4KQ

If you want to organize a pay it forward initiative in your neighbourhood, at your school or within your community, send us a message and we’ll help you set it up!

#Gone500Days 
#PayitForward4KQ

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 NewsSarah Attia

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 NewsSarah Attia

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 KhaledSarah Attia

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 NewsSarah Attia

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 NewsSarah Attia

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 KhaledSarah Attia

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 KhaledSarah Attia

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 NewsSarah Attia

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 KhaledSarah Attia

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

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

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledSarah Attia

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 NewsSarah Attia

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

Statement on Human Rights NGOs

Campaign NewsSarah Attia

Published May 29, 2014

Human Rights NGOs have taken a clear stance on Khaled Al-Qazzaz since his unlawful detainment on July 3rd, 2013.  Khaled continues to be detained in Tora Prison, Egypt’s most notorious prison. He has been held without charge 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.

Unfortunately, the military-backed government and security forces have chosen to repress Egyptian’s human rights, as they did under Mubarak, rather than protect them.

Through AlKarama’s efforts, the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has demanded that the immediate and unconditional release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz and the other aides of President Morsi.  Over the last 10 months, Amnesty International has followed Khaled’s conditions and issued 6 Urgent Actions, 1 Open Letter to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister and a report on Khaled’s detention. Human Rights Watch has issued 2 reports.  Code Pink has spoken on Khaled’s detainment.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s wife, Sarah Attia, her family and friends are grateful for the increasing presence and commitment of human rights organizations in responding to this injustice. “In the face of a deeply troubling human rights crisis in Egypt, it gives me strength knowing NGOs, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have spoken out publicly on Khaled’s unlawful detainment. I am grateful to those human rights activists who are working tirelessly on Khaled’s,” says Sarah Attia.

STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT

“If some of those who continue to anguish in detention without charge, including Khaled al Qazzaz, ever do face trial, what hope is there that anything resembling justice will be forthcoming?”
Hillary Homes, Amnesty International Canada

“We urge you to raise his case during your visit and make it clear that Canada expects him to be released if he is not charged immediately with a recognizably criminal offence by the ordinary (not military) Prosecution and brought to trial before civilian courts in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards without recourse to the death penalty”
Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada in an open Letter to Canadian Minister John Baird

“What kind of roadmap is this where a military-backed government can brazenly disappear former presidential aides for 150 days without any explanation?”
Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa director

“Consequent upon the Opinion being rendered, the Working Group requests the Government to immediately release Dr. Morsi and his advisors and to make the necessary steps to provide redress for all material and moral damage suffered by these individuals through reasonable compensation, in line with the standards and principles set forth in the UDHR and ICCPR.”
Disposition of the UN HRC Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

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Click here to download this statement as a pdf file

Press Release - Canadian Government Must Take More Action

Campaign NewsSarah Attia

May 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

324 Days
Canadian Government Must Take More Action

Sarah Attia, wife of Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz who is currently detained in Egypt, will be speaking on Tuesday May 27, 2014 in Ottawa at a Parliamentary Conference organized by the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) in collaboration with Amnesty International Canada.   The conference will document the current human rights situation in Egypt and discuss Canada-Egypt relations in this context.

Human rights organizations have all been denied access to Egyptian prisons.  To date only families of the detained have witnessed the horrific situation inside Egypt’s most notorious prison.

Sarah will be speaking about Khaled's solitary confinement conditions as a testimony to the atrocities that she has witnessed in Tora prison over the last 10 months, before her return to Canada, and the role the Canadian government should be taking.

Canada can play an important role in ending the human rights violations that Khaled is experiencing and call on his safe return.  Canada is in a unique position to shine a light on the injustice of the terrifying and tragic experience that Khaled and thousands of Egyptians are facing.

Update on Khaled’s Legal Situation

On May 17, 2014 Khaled Al-Qazzaz for the first time in 319 days appeared before a judge to rule on his release.  Khaled was again extended for 45 days in solitary confinement.  Neither the prosecution nor the judge provided any reasons for their decision.

This ruling is liable for appeal.  On May 21, 2014 Khaled’s lawyers attempted to submit an appeal. The prosecutor’s office rejected the appeal citing that the prosecutor is on vacation for 10 days and to come back when he returns.

“Given the overall climate, I am concerned that it will be impossible for Khaled to be treated in a fair manner consistent with international standards. I am calling on our Canadian government to recognize the human rights violations and speak out against the lack of due process taking place in Egypt, which Canada considers as a bilateral partner in the Middle East” says Sarah Attia, wife 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 324 days. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and 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.

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

 

Conference Information:

Date: Tuesday May 27 2014 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Place: Room 7-053, 131 Queen Street, Ottawa K1P

A presidential campaign is currently underway and Egyptians are called to cast their vote this May 27 and 28 2014. The panel will address the present human rights situation in Egypt and its impact on the democratic process. Subsequently, the panel will discuss the policy that Canada could adopt to reflect Canadian values in line with international covenants on human rights.

This conference shouldn’t be missed by anyone wanting to grasp the real political issues for Canada, Egypt and the Middle-East at this juncture.

For media access or further information:

Samaa Elibyari: samaa.elibyari@gmail.com

Press Release - Khaled's Detainment Extended Without Reason

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledSarah Attia

May 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

319 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz - Unlawful Detainment Extended for 45 days without Reason

Khaled Al-Qazzaz was transferred to court today and appeared before a judge to rule on his release. Khaled was transferred early morning from Tora maximum security prison to the court house where he was held in a holding cell until his court appearance which lasted for one hour.

Khaled was allowed to speak, in addition to his lawyers, in which he called on the judge for his release as he has been detained without reason for 316 days.  Neither the prosecution nor the judge provided any reasons for their decision. The judge spoke once and said "Your detention is extended for 45 days."  Khaled's lawyers are preparing to appeal this decision.

The United Nations Congress, on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, stated “pre-trial detention may be ordered only if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the persons concerned have been involved in the commission of the alleged offences.” 

In April 2014 the military-backed Egyptian government passed a new law allowing the government to imprison individuals for an unlimited period of time without trial.  Khaled’s Canadian wife, Sarah Attia is extremely concerned that Khaled will now be stuck in a cycle of endless extensions.

The international community bears responsibility along with the military-backed government of Egypt for Khaled's unlawful detainment. Under international law, when a state is unwilling to protect human rights, the global community is charged with preventing continuing violations.

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 calls on the Canadian government and Egyptian Embassy to urgently assist in securing the immediate safety and prompt 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 315 days. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and 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 has been detained since July 3, 2013, the day of the military coup, but the Egyptian authorities refuse to recognize the 168 days in which he was held in an undisclosed location without legal process. Khaled was transferred to Tora Prison on December 17, 2013 and has been in detainment since.

Further information can be found at www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com.  

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For more information:

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

Press Release - Stall Tactics Used to Delay Khaled's Court Appearance

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledSarah Attia

May 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

316 Days
Stall Tactics Used to Delay Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Court Appearance

Khaled Al-Qazzaz was scheduled to appear today before a judge to rule on his release. Khaled was transferred early morning from Tora maximum security prison to the court house where he was held in a holding cell for several hours. Around mid-day he was placed back in a prison van and returned to Tora prison without appearing before the judge.

The courts have informed his legal team that the case has been re-scheduled to Saturday May 17. No reason was given.

The family is concerned because this may be a stalling tactic in order to build a fabricated case before the May 17 deadline in which a judge may rule in favor of Khaled’s release as he has not been accused with any wrong doing or charged.

Khaled has been held for 316 days of which 168 days are considered, under international law, “enforced disappearance” and are not being recognised by the Egyptian courts. In a note Khaled wrote on April 27, 2014 he has expressed concern. “I fear that new charges might be added to justify this very complicated situation” said Qazzaz.

Khaled worked, like so many others, to build a new democratic Egypt, exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association. He became a staffer of the first democratically elected government and for this he was detained.

Member of Parliament Marc Garneau, the Liberal Critic of Foreign Affairs, is currently on a trip visiting several countries in the Middle East. On May 14 and 15 he will be visiting Egypt and meeting with officials from the current military-backed Egyptian government.  Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Canadian wife, met with MP Marc Garneau in Ottawa and has asked for his support.

Sarah is urging MP Marc Garneau to tell the military-backed Egyptian government that Canada will not tolerate this injustice any longer, and demand her husband’s release.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for 315 days. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and 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.

According to Egyptian legal due process, after 5 months of detainment without charge the detainee must appear before a judge who decides whether to release the individual or to further extend the detention. Khaled has been detained since July 3, 2013, the day of the military coup, but the Egyptian authorities refuse to recognize the 168 days in which he was held in an undisclosed location without legal process. Khaled was transferred to Tora Prison on December 17 and as such, his 5 months of detainment in Tora will expire on May 17, 2014.

Khaled’s court appearance has been delayed twice, first scheduled on May 10 and then scheduled for May 14.

Further information can be found at www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com

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For more information:

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

Press Release - Khaled Due in Court May 14

Updates on Khaled, Campaign NewsSarah Attia

May 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

315 Days

Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Announced on May 14

Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s legal team has been notified that he will appear in court tomorrow, Wednesday May 14, 2014, for the first time since his detainment.

Khaled is being held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association, including his work as a staff member of a democratically elected government.

Hundreds of cases have been opened and are actively in trial, however, Khaled has not been accused of any wrongdoing and has been held without charges.

“Both prosecutor’s investigators said that there is no real case and [it] would not stand in court. I was not asked a single question about any accusations or anything I did until this moment.” Khaled Al-Qazzaz, April 27 2014

Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Canadian wife, calls on the Canadian government and Egyptian Embassy to urgently assist in securing the immediate safety and prompt 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 315 days. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and 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.

According to Egyptian legal due process, after 5 months of detainment without charge the detainee must appear before a judge who decides whether to release the individual or to further extend the detention. Khaled has been detained since July 3, 2013, the day of the military coup, but the Egyptian authorities refuse to recognize the 168 days in which he was held in an undisclosed location without legal process. Khaled was transferred to Tora Prison on December 17 and as such, his 5 months of detainment in Tora will expire on May 17, 2014.

May 10 was the planned trial date for Khaled’s first appearance in front of a judge. Khaled and his legal counsel were on standby, however, Khaled was never transferred to the courts.

Further information can be found at www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com

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For more information:

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

Press Release - Khaled's Court Appearance Delayed Without Notice

Updates on Khaled, Campaign NewsSarah Attia

May 11, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

313 Days

Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Delayed Without Notice

May 10 was the planned trial date for Khaled’s first appearance in front of a judge. Khaled and his legal counsel were on standby, however, Khaled was never transferred to the courts.

According to Egyptian legal due process, after 5 months of detainment without charge the detainee must appear before a judge to decide whether to release the individual or approve further extension.  The Egyptian authorities refuse to recognise the 168 days in which Khaled was held in an undisclosed location without legal process and as such Khaled’s 5 months of detainment in Torah will expire on May 17, 2014.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s legal team is actively working to determine the new scheduled date. They are expecting Khaled to appear in court at any moment.  It has been common in other cases that the Judiciary system announce court cases the day of, resulting in lawyers being unaware of their client’s trial. 

Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian-born wife, is seriously concerned that Khaled may not have proper legal representation if his trial date is not announced with sufficient notice.

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for 313 days. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and 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 with only a blanket and a non-functioning toilet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

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For more information:

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
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Press Release - Khaled to appear before a judge

Campaign NewsSarah Attia

May 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Khaled Al-Qazzaz to Appear Before Judge on May 10 To Decide on His Release

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for 309 days. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and has been held without charges for nearly a year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped cell with only a blanket and a non-functioning toilet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.

On July 3, 2013, the Egyptian military forcibly and unlawfully detained Khaled. In the days after July 3, the Egyptian regime refused to acknowledge that it was holding Khaled and were unwilling to confirm his whereabouts. This position made Khaled’s treatment outside the protection of the law until Human Rights Watch documented the case and exposed the situation. Shortly after, on December 17, 2013 the military moved Khaled to Tora prison. 

Legal Process in Egypt

  • According to Egyptian legal due process, the detention of a detainee held without charge may be extended by 15 day intervals by the prosecutor without the approval of a judge up to a maximum of 5 months.
  • After 5 months the detainee must appear before a judge to decide whether to release the individual or approve further extension. Additional extensions are made at 45 day intervals.

Khaled’s Legal Situation

  • The Egyptian authorities refuse to recognise the 168 days in which Khaled was held in an undisclosed location without legal process.
  • Khaled’s legal counsel has confirmed to-date that there exists no evidence against him.

May 10 is Khaled’s first appearance after 309 days in front of a judge. Following due legal process and by all international standards, Khaled should be released. Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Canadian-born wife, is concerned about the continuous due process violations shown by the Egyptian judiciary.

"May 10 also happens to be our 10th anniversary so this day will be particularly difficult for me 
and my young children. What is happening to Khaled is a gross violation of his human rights -- what kind of roadmap is this where a military-backed government can hold political prisoners for over 300 days without charge?" says Sarah.

Sarah Attia calls on the Canadian government and Egyptian Embassy to urgently assist in securing the immediate safety and prompt release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

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