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2014 04 29
NDP and family of Khaled al-Qazazz call for justice in Egypt

NDP Human Rights critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East–Stoney Creek) and Sarah Attia, wife of Khaled al-Qazzaz, today called on the Canadian government to stand up for his human rights and due process in Egypt.

“Khaled al-Qazzaz is a permanent resident of Canada, and his wife and four children are Canadian,” said Marston. “New Democrats call on the Government of Canada to stand up for human rights by urging the Egyptian government to follow due process, including a timely and fair trial with legal representation."

Khaled al-Qazzaz was arrested shortly after the military coup that ousted former president Mohammed Morsi and has been detained in Egypt without charge for 300 days.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have asked that Mr. al-Qazzaz be either formally charged or released. Currently held in solitary confinement in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons, he has also been denied access to legal counsel and medical aid, and he has no regular contact with the outside world.

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