June 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Sarah Attia published an Opinion Piece in Huffington Post “My Husband's Been Detained in Egypt 320 Days without Charge”
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!
“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.
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.
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