Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

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.


“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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