Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

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