Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

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

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

October 24, 2014

479 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Approved for Hospital Transfer

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

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

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