PM Trudeau Could Still do More to Save Yasser Albaz's Life
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Ottawa, June 17th, 2020
The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) calls upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to practice all the diplomatic tools available to the Canadin government to save the life of Canadian citizen Yasser Albaz who has shown COVID19 symptoms while in custody in Egypt's notorious Tora prison.
The family of Yasser Albaz will be rallying at the Prime Minister's residence today at 24 Sussex Drive at 2 PM to call upon Justin Trudeau to intervene to save the life of Yasser Albaz. At 4 PM, members of the Egyptian Canadian community will be rallying today at the Prime Minister's Office at 80 Wellington Street.
Jails in Egypt suffer from medical negligence, malnourishment, and lack of hygiene, and death among prisoners due to absence of medical care has become a norm. According to the Geneva-based Committee for Justice, at least 958 prisoners died in Egyptian prisons between June 2013 and November 2019 as a result of torture, ill-treatment and denial of medical care. Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, died himself in jail due to medical negligence, according to Human Rights Watch.
The silence of western governments, including Canada, is giving a green light to all these violations by the military regime in Egypt. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's disappointing response during yesterday's daily press conference to a question on Yasser Albaz failed to clearly reaffirm his personal commitment to save his life.
Yasser Albaz's detention in Egypt is meaningless especially as he has been detained for more than 480 days with no charges laid against him. This fact, along with the fact that hospitals in Egypt are not well equipped to face COVID19, means that the Canadian government is obliged to bring Yasser, a Canadian citizen, home to treat him in Canada.
Since the July 3rd 2013 military coup, Egyptians are suffering under a dictatorial regime that stripped them from all rights, issued death sentences without due process, illegally detained more than 60 thousand citizens, mistreating them and denying them their rights in medical care.
About ECCD: The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is a politically independent, non-affiliated pan Canadian organization that advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt. The ECCD has representatives in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
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