December 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled AlQazzaz’s Detainment Renewal Postponed to December 10, International Human Rights Day
Today, Khaled’s lawyers attended the court proceeding for what may be the 16th renewal of his unlawful detainment. They requested that the judge consider Khaled’s critical health and their current application for his release on medical grounds. The judge listened to them and concluded by postponing the outcome to December 10 2014.
Coincidentally, December 10 is also the UN General Assembly’s International Human Rights Day. Khaled’s children, family and friends hope that after 524 days of lobbying, Khaled’s ordeal may come to end on this day.
“I hope that on December 10, a day which symbolizes the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we will be able to celebrate the release of a human rights defender – my husband. Khaled sacrificed so much to bring positive changes to the human rights platform in Egypt, especially on women’s rights and minority rights. The denial of his own human rights should no longer continue,” says Sarah Attia.
For more information on Khaled’s human rights work please visit http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/human-rights-work/
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 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.
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