Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 378 Days - Media Advisory - July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference | Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to PM Stephen Harper

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference

Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to
Prime Minister Stephen Harper 
Requesting Action in the Case of Khaled Al-Qazzaz

MEDIA ADVISORY

When        

July 15, 2014
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Where        

Ottawa, Ontario
Parliament Hill
Charles Lynch Room

Who

Roch Tasee - National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
Alex Neve - Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada
Monia Mazigh - Professor and Author of “Hope and Despair” and wife of Maher Arar, previous Canadian detained abroad
Sarah Attia – Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Toronto-born wife

Program      
10:30 AM – Roch Tasse 
10:32 AM – Alex Neve
10:37 AM – Monia Mazigh
10:39 AM – Sarah Attia 
10:40 AM – Q and A
11:00 AM – Close

What

Leading Canadian academics, lawyers, professionals, authors, artists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, activists and organizations have collectively endorsed an open letter requesting Prime Minister Harper’s prompt and meaningful action to secure the immediate release of Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been detained by the Egyptian military without charge since July 3, 2013 and is currently being held in solitary confinement in Tora Prison in Cairo. He is the longest held detainee since the July 2013 Egyptian military coup. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch characterize Khaled’s detainment as “enforced disappearance” under international law, recognizing it as a breach of human rights. Khaled is being held under inhumane conditions and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

A Parliament Hill Press Conference has been arranged ahead of publishing the letter, where leading Canadians committed to Khaled’s release are scheduled to speak. Roch Tasse, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, will host the conference. Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, will address Khaled’s illegal detainment. Writer and activist Dr. Monia Mazigh, will comment on the tragedy for Al-Qazzaz’s family. Also speaking will be Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Toronto-born wife, who will share the impact on her family.  The panel will respond to questions from media on Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s ordeal.

The press conference will be held at the Charles-Lynch Press Conference Room in Centre Block on Parliament Hill, on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 10.30 am. The open letter and the list of signatories will be published on July 15, 2014.

Khaled’s health has deteriorated significantly and a recent medical report is showing his conditions may lead to paralysis and permanent disability if not treated immediately.

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.

Inquiries

Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Further Information:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

Recent Media

July 14
The Star - Ottawa abandoned my friend in an Egyptian prison
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/13/ottawa_abandoned_my_friend_in_an_egyptian_prison.html

July 11

Rabble.ca - Khaled Al-Qazzaz' torment is an affront to liberal democracy
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2014/07/khaled-al-qazzaz-torment-affront-to-liberal-democracy

July 9
Ottawa Citizen - Canadian government failing Egypt's prisoners
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/world/canadian-government-failing-egypts-prisoners

Code Pink - Our Letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz
http://codepink.org/blog/2014/07/our-letter-to-canadian-prime-minister-stephen-harper-free-khaled-al-qazzaz/

July 2
CNN Amanpour – 'Enough is enough,' says wife of former Morsy aide jailed in Egypt
http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/01/enough-is-enough-says-wife-of-former-morsy-aide-jailed-in-egypt/

CBC - Khaled Al-Qazzaz, Mohamed Fahmy supported at rallies to improve prison conditions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/khaled-al-qazzaz-mohamed-fahmy-supported-at-rallies-to-improve-prison-conditions-1.2691026

CTV - Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz rally urges Ottawa 'do the right thing'
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/free-khaled-al-qazzaz-rally-urges-ottawa-do-the-right-thing-1.1891201

CTV – Ahmad Attia, brother-in-law of detainee Khaled Al-Qazzaz discusses the importance of support and awareness of human rights.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=389737

The Star - Family, supporters rally for man held in Egypt without charge
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/06/28/family_supporters_rally_for_man_held_in_egypt_without_charge.html

Mississauga News – City Centre protesters demand release of political prisoner in Egypt
http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/4607592-protesters-rally-in-celebration-square-demand-release-of-political-prisoner-in-egypt/

La Presse – Entre deux prédateurs
http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/opinions/editoriaux/201406/26/01-4779244-entre-deux-predateurs.php

June 27
NYT - Why Is the World Silent? Khaled al-Qazzaz: Disappeared by Egypt’s Military
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/28/opinion/khaled-al-qazzaz-disappeared-by-egypts-military.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

The Star - Jailed journalists face uncertain fate in Egypt
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/06/25/jailed_journalists_face_uncertain_fate_in_egypt.html

The Star - How secularists and liberals became enablers of Egyptian junta: Siddiqui
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/06/25/how_secularists_and_liberals_became_enablers_of_egyptian_junta_siddiqui.html

June 26
The Guardian – Sarah Attia releases a letter to the Egyptian Prosecutor General - My husband has been illegally held in an Egyptian prison for a year. Enough
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/26/illegally-held-egyptian-prison-prosecutor-general-egypt

The Star - Canadian family of another Egyptian detainee ‘hit hard’ by Fahmy ruling
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/06/25/canadian_family_of_another_egyptian_detainee_hit_hard_by_fahmy_ruling.html#

June 25
The Star - Canadian family of another Egyptian detainee ‘hit hard’ by Fahmy ruling
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/06/25/canadian_family_of_another_egyptian_detainee_hit_hard_by_fahmy_ruling.html#

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/

June 24
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

June 23
CTV - Canadian concerned as husband due in Egypt court
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/fahmy-s-conviction-worries-canadian-whose-husband-is-due-in-egyptian-court-1.1883248#ixzz35ZHZcoLf

Egypt's Gulag published by Justin Podur
http://podur.org/node/1067