June 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.”
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.
NYT - Why Is the World Silent? Khaled al-Qazzaz: Disappeared by Egypt’s Military
The Star - Jailed journalists face uncertain fate in Egypt
The Star - How secularists and liberals became enablers of Egyptian junta: Siddiqui
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.
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.
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.
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