We are writing this Open Letter to you in advance of your trip to Egypt later this week. In the face of a deeply troubling human rights crisis in Egypt, your visit offers a crucial opportunity to convey a clear message that Canada looks to the Egyptian government to take immediate and meaningful steps to address the continuing deterioration in the country’s human rights situation. Amnesty International members across Canada are calling on you to make it clear that Canada expects the Egyptian government to commit to a program of action to protect the human rights of all Egyptians.
In addition to raising these very serious overarching concerns about the state of human rights protection in Egypt, we are calling on you to press for action with respect to three particular situations:
- the immediate and unconditional release of Canadian citizen and prisoner of conscience Mohamed Fahmy;
- the release from detention of detained Canadian permanent resident Khaled al-Qazzaz who has been held without charge or trial for nine months, unless he is promptly charged with recognizably criminal offences and tried before civilian courts in a fair trial; and
- the overturning of mass death sentences imposed on 528 individuals on March 24th of this year