Free Unjustly Imprisoned Human Rights Defender


Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Goal: Free Canadian citizen from arbitrary detention in Egypt

A Canadian resident has been held without charge for nearly a year in an Egyptian prison. During his incarceration, Khaled Al-Qazzaz has faced inadequate care and deteriorating health. So far, the Egyptian authorities have made no effort to grant Al-Qazzaz a trial, and he will remain detained indefinitely until a demand is made for his return.

Al-Qazzaz was arrested in Egypt as a supporter of ousted president Mohammed Morsi during the coup of summer 2013. Only months away from receiving Canadian citizenship, he was working to promote democracy and human rights as an adviser to the president. In particular, he was striving toward equality for women as well as improving circumstances for Christians and Jews in the predominately Islam country.

He was brought to al-Aqrab prison and left in a cell without a bed and pillow, and denied access to his heart medication, his doctor, and his lawyer. He has also been denied any communication with his wife or four children. His condition is worsening without medical attention, to the point that one of his arms is now paralyzed.

With mass trials and mass execution sentences being handed down almost weekly, the situation in Egypt grows more precarious by the day. It is vital, for the sake of Mr. Al-Qazzaz’s health, that he be deported to Canada where he can receive adequate care and freedom from arbitrary detention. Your signature will demand that the Canadian government advocate for the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.


Dear Mr. Stephen Harper,

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada, has been imprisoned in Egypt without charge or trial for ten months. Arrested during the 2013 coup, he was accused of supporting ousted president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.  As an adviser to president Morsi, he advocated for equal rights for women, Christians, and Jews.

Held in one of the worst wards of al-Aqrab prison, he is being denied communication with his lawyers, doctors, and family. Without access to his medications, his condition is deteriorating to the point where he has lost the use of one of his arms.

The situation for Egyptian prisoners is worsening daily, with mass trials handing down execution sentences to over five hundred prisoners at once. Al-Qazzaz’s condition is deteriorating as each day passes, and his health and liveliness depends on being released to Canada immediately where he can receive medical attention. I ask that Canada demand the immediate extradition of Mr. Al-Qazzaz so he can return home to his family.


[Your Name Here]

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