Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 378 Days - Media Advisory - July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference | Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to PM Stephen Harper

Aaida Mamuji

July 15 Parliament Hill Press Conference

Leading Canadians Publish Open Letter to
Prime Minister Stephen Harper 
Requesting Action in the Case of Khaled Al-Qazzaz



July 15, 2014
10:30 am – 11:00 am


Ottawa, Ontario
Parliament Hill
Charles Lynch Room


Roch Tasee - National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
Alex Neve - Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada
Monia Mazigh - Professor and Author of “Hope and Despair” and wife of Maher Arar, previous Canadian detained abroad
Sarah Attia – Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Toronto-born wife

10:30 AM – Roch Tasse 
10:32 AM – Alex Neve
10:37 AM – Monia Mazigh
10:39 AM – Sarah Attia 
10:40 AM – Q and A
11:00 AM – Close


Leading Canadian academics, lawyers, professionals, authors, artists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, activists and organizations have collectively endorsed an open letter requesting Prime Minister Harper’s prompt and meaningful action to secure the immediate release of Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been detained by the Egyptian military without charge since July 3, 2013 and is currently being held in solitary confinement in Tora Prison in Cairo. He is the longest held detainee since the July 2013 Egyptian military coup. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch characterize Khaled’s detainment as “enforced disappearance” under international law, recognizing it as a breach of human rights. Khaled is being held under inhumane conditions and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

A Parliament Hill Press Conference has been arranged ahead of publishing the letter, where leading Canadians committed to Khaled’s release are scheduled to speak. Roch Tasse, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, will host the conference. Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, will address Khaled’s illegal detainment. Writer and activist Dr. Monia Mazigh, will comment on the tragedy for Al-Qazzaz’s family. Also speaking will be Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Toronto-born wife, who will share the impact on her family.  The panel will respond to questions from media on Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s ordeal.

The press conference will be held at the Charles-Lynch Press Conference Room in Centre Block on Parliament Hill, on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 10.30 am. The open letter and the list of signatories will be published on July 15, 2014.

Khaled’s health has deteriorated significantly and a recent medical report is showing his conditions may lead to paralysis and permanent disability if not treated immediately.

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign has been calling on the Canadian government to demand Khaled's release, since early April.  While the Government of Canada has offered incremental consular support, little change has been seen in Khaled’s conditions, let alone his release.


Ahmad Attia

Further Information:

Recent Media

July 14
The Star - Ottawa abandoned my friend in an Egyptian prison

July 11 - Khaled Al-Qazzaz' torment is an affront to liberal democracy

July 9
Ottawa Citizen - Canadian government failing Egypt's prisoners

Code Pink - Our Letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

July 2
CNN Amanpour – 'Enough is enough,' says wife of former Morsy aide jailed in Egypt

CBC - Khaled Al-Qazzaz, Mohamed Fahmy supported at rallies to improve prison conditions

CTV - Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz rally urges Ottawa 'do the right thing'

CTV – Ahmad Attia, brother-in-law of detainee Khaled Al-Qazzaz discusses the importance of support and awareness of human rights.

The Star - Family, supporters rally for man held in Egypt without charge

Mississauga News – City Centre protesters demand release of political prisoner in Egypt

La Presse – Entre deux prédateurs

June 27
NYT - Why Is the World Silent? Khaled al-Qazzaz: Disappeared by Egypt’s Military

The Star - Jailed journalists face uncertain fate in Egypt

The Star - How secularists and liberals became enablers of Egyptian junta: Siddiqui

June 26
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

The Star - Canadian family of another Egyptian detainee ‘hit hard’ by Fahmy ruling

June 25
The Star - Canadian family of another Egyptian detainee ‘hit hard’ by Fahmy ruling

Global Toronto – Sarah Attia speaks about what the Canadian government has done or not done to help her husband.

CBC Metro Morning – Khaled Al-Qazzaz imprisoned in Egypt

June 24
CTV - Fahmy's conviction worries Canadian, whose husband is due in Egyptian court

Canada AM - Canadian turns to Ottawa to demand release of husband jailed in Egypt

June 23
CTV - Canadian concerned as husband due in Egypt court

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