July 9, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Appeal Hearing Scheduled for Sunday July 13
Baby Tahrir Turns Two without her Father
Lawyers of Canadian permanent resident, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, have informed Sarah Attia, his Toronto-born wife, that Khaled will be in court again on Sunday July 13, for the appeal of the last 45 day extension of his detainment.
Sarah is hoping that Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, will make a call to Egyptian authorities to bring an end to this ordeal and that the Canadian Government will monitor the hearing.
As of July 3, 2014 Khaled’s lawyers and family have been denied access to visit him, a clear violation of Khaled’s basic human rights. The condition of his health, especially given that Khaled’s family has been providing him access to critical medication, is unknown and of great concern.
On Saturday July 12, 2014 Tahrir, Khaled and Sarah’s youngest daughter, will turn two. Khaled and Sarah named her after the revolutionary square that came to symbolize hope for Egypt following the January 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak. Khaled believed that Tahrir would grow up in a liberated world and would be able to witness a liberated Egypt. Tahrir does not know who her father is.
The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz has published a short film on Khaled Al-Qazzaz and his 365 days of detention.
Code Pink has issued an open-letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to take a stand for the release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.
Ottawa Citizen - Canadian government failing Egypt's prisoners
Code Pink - Our Letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz
Sarah Attia is available for interviews to discuss her husband’s detainment and health conditions.
Call to Action
Supports 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.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 372days. 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 Al-Qazzaz was an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. 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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