July 3, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled is the Longest Detainee in Egypt
Today Marks his 35th Birthday, 365 Days in Detention and
Intensified Violations of his Basic Human Rights
As of the July 3 2013 military coup, Khaled is the longest held detainee in Egypt, along with the 8 other aides of President Morsi. He remains uncharged without any official allegations.
Khaled is the father of four young Canadian children and today they are wondering why their father still remains unlawfully detained in Egypt when ‘he was fixing Egypt’. Today is Khaled’s 35th birthday and instead of celebrations his family remains extremely concerned for his health and safety.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz was an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. He spent the 18 days in Tahrir Square until the fall of Mubarak in 2011. He campaigned for social change, economic reform, and freedom and justice for all Egyptians. He was the youngest member of the democratically elected President Morsi’s staff.
Yesterday Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian-born wife, was informed that Egypt’s Prosecutor General has issued a decision that Khaled will be denied access to lawyers and family for the next month. This is a clear violation of Khaled’s basic human rights.
While no reasons were provided, this intensified lockdown and isolation is clearly an attempt to silence Khaled completely. However, Khaled remains hopefully and steadfast in his fight for freedom. "After one year of unjust captivity under very difficult conditions, I still believe in the good in people around the world. All that we need to do is to start a wave of goodness everywhere in the world that will follow from person to person or people to people. Then, we will see more justice and freedom in the world. So be the one who starts this wave," says Khaled in a note received by Sarah several days ago.
Canadians will gather at Queens Park on July 3, 2014 at 8 pm for a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity for those detained or killed since the military coup.
CNN Amanpour – 'Enough is enough,' says wife of former Morsy aide jailed in Egypt
Middle East Eye – Anniversary looms for Canadian resident detained in Egypt
NYT - Why Is the World Silent? Khaled al-Qazzaz: Disappeared by Egypt’s Military
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.
Sarah Attia is available for interviews to discuss her experience in Egypt and in Canada after the July 3rd 2013 military coup and the conditions in which her husband has been detained.
Call to Action
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.
July 3rd Vigil
The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy is organizing a candle vigil at Queens Park on July 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm stand in solidarity for those detained or killed since the military coup.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 365 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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