Stephen Harper, Khaled Al-Qazzaz needs your help

alqazzaz_protest.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterbox-2The Toronto Star –  To The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada: We, the undersigned, are calling upon you as concerned Canadian citizens and organizations to use the full power of your office to demand the immediate release of Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz who has been illegally detained in Egypt for over 365 days without charge and is in present danger of suffering a heart attack. He should have been promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released. One year is most certainly not prompt. His illegal detention was, in fact, recently extended by an Egyptian court. Your intervention is critical in securing his immediate release and safe return home to Canada. Read more


Warren Allmand, International Human Rights Consultant

Maher Arar, Canadian Activist

Margaret Atwood, Author

Gerald Caplan, Public Affairs Commentator

Paul Copeland, C.M., Lawyer, Life Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Yves Engler, Author and Activist

John Greyson, Associate Professor, York University; Video artist, Writer and Activist

Karen Hamilton, Reverend; General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches

Barbara Jackman, Partner, Jackman Nazami & Associates

Abdul-Basit Khan, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Raja Khouri, Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Kathleen Mahoney, QC, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Obiora Okafor, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (English Branch)

Clayton Ruby C.M., Partner, Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan Barristers; Member of the Order of Canada

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association

Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association

Downtown Muslim Professional Network

International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)

Ligue des droits et libertés