Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al Qazzaz has been illegally detained in Cairo, Egypt, since last year’s political upheaval on July 3rd. He is currently held in solitary confinement at Tora prison, one of the country’s most notorious jails. His Canadian born wife Sarah Attia stayed in Egypt until March, but has come back to Canada hoping to get help from the government in her husband’s case. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Sarah to find out more about Khaled’s situation and how much help she is getting from Canada.
Recently, the foreign affairs minister John Baird visited Egypt, and before this visit, organizations such as the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, as well as Amnesty International expressed concerns in open statements and letters adressed to Mr Baird. Talks with the so-called Egyptian “Interim government”
that resulted from last year’s military coup could be constructed as an endorsment of the human rights violations that have occured over the past few months in Egypt. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Samaa Elibyari, a member of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, and also the former host of CKUT’s Arab and Muslim affairs show Caravan.