In November 2013, four months after Khaled’s initial disappearance, the Working Group for Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations Human Rights Council called for the immediate release of Khaled and other aide’s of the former Egyptian President. Since then, neither the Egyptian authorities nor other UN permanent member states have taken the appropriate steps to remedy the situation.
Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian-born wife, visited Geneva from August 25 to August 29 2014 to meet with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner and its human rights bodies.
During this trip, Sarah updated the UN human rights bodies on Khaled’s current conditions and his ailing health and called on the UN and its permanent members to urgently assist in securing his immediate release. It is clear to the international community that Khaled is innocent of any wrong doing and the cruel conditions he is facing should be stopped.