November 13, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Family and Friends Pay It Forward
Since his teens, Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been a human rights activist, social reformer, and inspirational educator. He believes that the world can be a better place and has dedicated his life to this dream. With his extensive work in the Canadian community, he has touched the lives of many.
November 15, 2014 will mark will mark Khaled’s completion of 500 days in arbitrary detention, a period in which his voice has been effectively silenced.
Because Khaled has been imprisoned for the last 500 days, he has not been able to give charity, spread his positive message of hope, touch the lives of his former students, or give his love to his wife and children.
In the spirit of all the positive and charitable acts Khaled constantly did for those around him, Khaled’s friends have come together to pay forward Khaled’s kindness, generosity and dedication with random acts of kindness and generosity. On November 14, Khaled’s family and friends will launch this campaign at U of T’s Hart House building by handing out 500 hand-made chocolate packages and asking students to pay the it forward.
It is our hope that all of those touched by Khaled’s story, or those on the receiving end of the pay-it-forward initiatives will, in-turn, pay the kindness forward to someone else in celebration of Khaled’s legacy.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained without charge in Egypt for over 480 days. Khaled 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's health has deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionary. 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 and international community to urgently assist in securing Khaled’s immediate release.
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