December 10, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Detainment Renewal Decision Postponed to December 17
Today, Khaled AlQazzaz’s lawyers appeared in court again. They restated their concerns about Khaled’s critical health and the application for his release on medical grounds. The judge delayed his decision until the end of business day. Several hours later, the lawyers were notified that the decision is postponed to December 17, 2014.
Khaled’s lawyers and family cannot make sense of this new cycle of postponing the renewal or release decision. They can only hope it will lead to positive news.
Today the global community celebrates International Human Rights Day. Today we remember the progress made worldwide on advancing the respect of human rights. We also reflect on the obstacles and challenges that are faced in every part of the world to ensure that basic rights are met. Today we thank human rights defenders for their courage and steadfastness to make this world a better place for all. We also pray for the safe return of all human rights defenders to their families and loved ones, including Khaled AlQazzaz.
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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