Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

534 Days - FREEKQ –Alex Neve Pays-It-Forward and Khaled’s Detainment Renewal Decision is Postponed to December 23

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

December 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

534 Days
Alex Neve Pays-It-Forward and Khaled’s Detainment Renewal Decision is Postponed to December 23

Today Alex Neve,  Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada (English branch), has donated to the Canadian Centre for International Justice, in honor of Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s commitment to social justice. In 2003 Khaled founded the University of Toronto’s student club “Students for World Justice” to raise awareness on campus about injustices around the world and how we as Canadians can contribute to alleviating these injustices. Over the years he has educated students in Egypt on human rights and social justice in hopes of building a new generation of Egyptians who value these fundamental moral principles.
 
Yesterday, Khaled AlQazzaz’s lawyers appeared in court for a third time this month. A different judge listened as they restated their concerns about Khaled’s critical health and the request for his release on medical grounds.  Surprisingly, the judge postponed the decision for a fourth time to December 23, 2014. The hearing will be repeated on that day.
 
Khaled remains under 24 hour security surveillance in his hospital room and has yet to receive the medical attention he needs.  Khaled has been arbitrarily detained for 534days, without charge.
 
Friends, family, and supporters around the world are advocating for Khaled’s justice and freedom, just as Khaled advocated for the justice of others when he was only a student.
 
Pay-It-Forward Contributions
 
Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada (English branch), has donated to the Canadian Centre for International Justice, in honor of Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s commitment to social justice
 
Cecilia Greyson, a writer, artist and sister of John Greyson, a previously detained Canadian in Egypt, has donated to Amnesty and HRW, in honor of Khaled's commitment to human rights
 
Erna Paris, an author, historian and journalist, has donated to World Federation Movement-Canada, in honor of Khaled's commitment to social justice and democracy
 
Dr. John Esposito, a university professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding,  has donated to Amnesty/HRW/SPLC, in honor of Khaled's commitment to human rights
 
Peter Larson, Vice-chair, Middle East Study Group, Canadian International Council (National Capital Region), has donated to University ofToronto's orphanage sponsorship program, in honor of Khaled establishing it in 2003
 
Sarah Leah Whitson, the Executive Director Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, has donated to New York public schools, in honor of Khaled's commitment to education
 
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 530 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