"Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s detention is a clear violation of the due process and human rights that should be afforded to each and every Canadian citizen. Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest [or] detention." Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s detention is a clear and shameful violation of this fundamental human rights protection.
It is no surprise how much support Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s case has garnered. Notable organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and numerous public figures have all mobilized to demand an immediate and peaceful resolution to this act of injustice. CODEPINK stands in solidarity with these organizations and individuals in defense Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s most fundamental rights.
On this 365th day of Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s detention, CODEPINK implores those in power in Canada to help resolve this tremendous injustice. Each and every day that Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s release is prolonged is a crime. However, each and every day is also a new opportunity to end an egregious human rights violation. In order to uphold standards of human rights, civil liberties, and respect for human dignity, CODEPINK urges you to demand the immediate and safe release of prisoner Al-Qazzaz to mark the beginning of turning tides of respect for human rights in Egypt."