Release Yasser Albaz from arbitrary detention in Egypt
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It has been over 6 weeks since we last heard my dad's voice. We miss him terribly.
On Family Day, February 18, 2019, my dad, Yasser Albaz, was due to return back home to Canada after completing a business trip in Egypt. But upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, passport control authorities confiscated his Canadian passport, and he was kidnapped by Egyptian State Security.
According to International Law, my father was subjected to enforced disappearance. When the Canadian embassy asked the Egyptian Government about my father, they denied any knowledge of him for several days. At the end of the week, he appeared at a prosecutor's office for general questioning and was transported to Torah Prison– notorious for its human rights violations.
My dad remains in Torah, where he is forced to sleep on cold, concrete floor. He remains without charge and continues to receive 15-day extensions to his arbitrary detention. On Monday, April 1st, my dad received his third 15-day extension to date, without reasons for his detention. We need this to end NOW.
I started this petition on his birthday because he should have spent it with us, his family –not arbitrarily detained in the worst prison in Egypt.
For two decades, my family (including my dad) has travelled back and forth to Egypt without any concern. We were just there this summer celebrating my sister’s engagement. My father has no affiliation to any groups in Egypt, nor is he politically active. He is a loving father of three and grandfather of two. He owns an engineering firm in Canada and is a prominent, well-respected community leader.
My family needs your help. The government of Canada must escalate this time-sensitive matter and intervene for his safety and immediate return to Canada. They must demand for my father’s release.
You cannot imagine how much our lives have turned upside down. My father is supposed to walk my sister, his youngest daughter, down the aisle in a few weeks. We miss him terribly and we need your help in order to wake up from this nightmare.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, please do everything in your power to bring this Canadian citizen home and reunite him with his family.
To keep up with updates and developments of the situation, follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amalahmedalbaz/
Read more about my father's case:
- CTV National: https://bit.ly/2WuWnnt
- City News Toronto: https://bit.ly/2UjPI22
- CBC News: https://bit.ly/2U522Uv
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