Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 523 Days - Khaled AlQazzaz’s Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Monday December 8, 2014

Aaida Mamuji

December 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

523 Days
Khaled AlQazzaz’s Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Monday December 8, 2014

Khaled’s lawyers have been notified that his next court appearance will take place on Monday December 8, 2014. On that day, a judge will decide whether Khaled should be released or if his detainment should continue for another 45 days. This will be Khaled’s 16th renewal if he is not released.
 
December 10 marks the UN General Assembly’s Human Rights Day. This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. But for Khaled, he has surpassed 500 days, each one a violation of his human rights.
 
Khaled’s health does not allow him to be transferred to the court. His lawyers have submitted a request for release on medical grounds and are hoping that progress will be made tomorrow.
 
Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife,has continued to call on the Canadian government and the international community to urgently assist in securing his immediate release. Khaled has not been charged or have any accusations disclosed, and he continues to be held in arbitrary detention.

Khaled’s children, family and friends are praying for him to be home before the holidays.

Background

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 500 days. Khaled had spent 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 and a human rights champion. 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.
 
Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:
Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com