Release Yasser Albaz from arbitrary detention in Egypt

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We haven't heard my dad's voice since February, 2019. 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. He has several serious medical concerns not being addressed. For over 9 months, he has been sleeping on concrete floor without a mattress in a small, crowded cell with 17 men, one washroom and limited ventilation. He faces brutal and unhygienic conditions.

To this day, Yasser has never been charged with anything. He has been receiving extensions to his arbitrary detention without any cause or justification. 

I started this petition on his birthday (March 28) 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. We are grateful for the work the Canadian government has done, and the consular support he receives in Cairo, but this alone will not bring him home. His freedom is only going to come when the Canadian government decides that this is a priority. We need Minister Champagne to fly to Egypt, put Yasser on a plane, and bring him home.

You cannot imagine how much our lives have turned upside down. We miss him terribly and we need your help in order to wake up from this nightmare.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Philippe-Francois Champagne , please do everything in your power to bring this Canadian citizen home and reunite him with his family.

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To keep up with updates and developments of the situation, follow his campaign page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freeyasseralbaz 

and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/freeyasseralbaz 

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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