Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 525 Days - FREEKQ –Activists, Academics and Authors Pays-It-Forward for Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Aaida Mamuji

December 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

525 Days
Activists, Academics and Authors Pays-It-Forward for Khaled Al-Qazzaz

On November 15, the 500th day of Khaled Al-Qazzaz's arbitrary detention, the pay it forward campaign was started by friends of Khaled Al-Qazzaz. Today, on the eve of December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Khaled’s friends are grateful for the support of renowned human rights activists, academics and authors who have joined to pay forward Khaled's commitment to education, human rights, and social change.
 
Sarah Leah Whitson, the Executive Director Middle East and North Africa Divisionof Human Rights Watch, announced her pay-it-forward today on twitter. “To mark over 500 days of Khaled’s unjust imprisonment without charge in Egypt, I’m paying it forward by making a donation to New York City’s public schools, in honor of Khaled’s commitment to education for all,” says Sarah Leah.
 
Dr. John Esposito, a university professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, is honoring Khaled’s human rights work by donating to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
 
Erna Paris, an author, historian and journalist is contributing to the World Federalist Movement-Canada in support of Khaled’s contribution to social change and respect of human rights in Egypt. “I support the human rights of Khaled who has been unjustly imprisoned in Egypt. He should be brought home and reunited with his wife and four children and I call on the Canadian government to urgently secure his immediate release,” says Erna.
 
Khaled and Sarah moved to Egypt in 2005 to begin an education project. They both believed that through changing the minds of the new generation, hope for a brighter future in a developing country would be possible. They founded a school offering international education for students in elementary through high school and teach concepts of volunteerism, civic engagement and human rights as part of their academic program.Khaled is an acclaimed educator, youth activist and a human rights champion.As a public servant, Khaled championed changes to human rights, women’s rights and minority rights for all Egyptians.
 
This comes less than a day before Khaled's scheduled detainment renewal.   On December 10, a judge will decide if Khaled's detainment without charge will be renewed for the 16th time.   Family, friends, and supporters hope that this 525 day ordeal will come to an end.
 
For more information on the Pay-It-Forward campaign and how you can get involved please visit:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/human-rights-work/
 
Recent Media
 
The Star – Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, jailed in Egypt, should be set free: Editorial
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2014/12/08/canadian_journalist_mohamed_fahmy_jailed_in_egypt_should_be_set_free_editorial.html
 
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 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