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Two Canadians, ... have been jailed now over 45 days and their detention has now been extended ... These two men are guilty of having compassion for others, ... This world is doomed if we fear compassion and love of neighbours, rather than war and violence.

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Kit B (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:42 am

I feel sure the Canadian and United States governments in efforts with other governments are using diplomacy to attempt to secure their release. Those behind the scenes discussions are not revealed until a release is secured. I hope there is a day when these sorts of things are nothing more the history of yesterday.

Kit, you took action on October 04, 2013 -- Thanks Lynn

MmAway M (506)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:51 am
TU Lynn!

Lynn S (235)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:53 am
There has been much in the news about Dr Tarek Loubani and Prof John Greyson who are being held in Egypt, without charges for over 45 days and subjected to torture and inhumane conditions. They were on their way to Gaza to assist in the training of doctors and film some of the work.

There is one petition addressed to Mr. Wael Aboul-Magd, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Canada sponsored by Amnesty International
Urge Egypt to Release Canadian Detainees and then there is my petition which is addressed to PM Stephen Harper who is not known for quick action in such cases. Please sign both.

This world is doomed if we fear compassion and love of neighbours, rather than war and violence.

Lydia M (80)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:57 am
Signed & Noted with Thanks Lynn.

. (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 12:20 pm
on the 12th day of our hunger strike at Tora, Cairo's main prison, located on the banks of the Nile where theyve been held since August 16 in ridiculous conditions: no phone calls, little to no exercise, sharing a 3m x 10m cell with 36 other political prisoners, sleeping like sardines on concrete with the cockroaches; sharing a single tap of earthy Nile water.

They releaced this statement
We never planned to stay in Egypt longer than overnight. We arrived in Cairo on the 15th with transit visas and all the necessary paperwork to proceed to our destination: Gaza. Tarek volunteers at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. John intended to shoot a short film about Tarek's work.
Because of the coup, the official Rafah border was opening and closing randomly, and we were stuck in Cairo for the day. We were carrying portable camera gear (one light, one microphone) and gear for the hospital (routers for a much-needed wifi network and two disassembled toy-sized helicopters for testing the transportation of medical samples).

Because of the protests in Ramses Square and around the country on the 16th, our car couldn't proceed to Gaza. We decided to check out the Square, five blocks from our hotel, carrying our passports and John's HD camera. The protest was just starting – peaceful chanting, the faint odour of tear gas, a helicopter lazily circling overhead – when suddenly calls of “doctor”. A young man carried by others from God-knows-where, bleeding from a bullet wound. Tarek snapped into doctor mode...and started to work doing emergency response, trying to save lives, while John did video documentation, shooting a record of the carnage that was unfolding. The wounded and dying never stopped coming. Between us, we saw over fifty Egyptians die: students, workers, professionals, professors, all shapes, all ages, unarmed. We later learned the body count for the day was 102.

We left in the evening when it was safe, trying to get back to our hotel on the Nile. We stopped for ice cream. We couldn't find a way through the police cordon though, and finally asked for help at a check point.

That's when we were: arrested, searched, caged, questioned, interrogated, slapped, beaten, ridiculed, hot-boxed, refused phone calls, stripped, shaved bald, accused of being foreign mercenaries. Was it our Canadian passports, or the footage of Tarek performing CPR, or our ice cream wrappers that set them off? They screamed 'Canadian' as they kicked and hit us. John had a precisely etched bootprint bruise on his back for a week.

We were two of 602 people arrested that night, all 602 potentially facing the same grab-bag of ludicrous charges: arson, conspiracy, terrorism, possession of weapons, firearms, explosives, attacking a police station. The arrest stories of our Egyptian cellmates are remarkably similar to ours: Egyptians who were picked up on dark streets after the protest, by thugs or cops, blocks or miles from the police station that is the alleged site of our alleged crimes.

We've been here in Tora prison for six weeks, and are now in a new cell (3.5m x 5.5m) that we share with 'only' six others. We're still sleeping on concrete with the cockroaches, and still share a single tap of Nile water, but now we get (almost) daily exercise and showers. Still no phone calls. The prosecutor won't say if there's some outstanding issue that's holding things up. The routers, the film equipment, or the footage of Tarek treating bullet wounds through that long bloody afternoon? Indeed, we would welcome our day in a real court with the real evidence, because then this footage would provide us with our alibi and serve as a witness to the massacre.

We deserve due process

Joanne A (47)
Friday October 4, 2013, 1:52 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks

Past Member (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 1:54 pm
Signed, of course. Thank you.

Frances Darcy (133)
Friday October 4, 2013, 2:21 pm

Animae C (514)
Friday October 4, 2013, 2:24 pm
AniMaeChi ..
Oct 05
# 88

Rose Becke (141)
Friday October 4, 2013, 3:53 pm
thank you for signing:
Demand the Immediate Release Canadian Detainees in Egypt

Past Member (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 4:15 pm
Just awful. Signed yesterday-thx Lynn

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Friday October 4, 2013, 7:18 pm

Fran F (118)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:18 pm
Noted and signed (#104). Thank you, Lynn.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday October 4, 2013, 11:44 pm
noted and signed

Carla van der Meer (648)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:52 am
s&N. I am shocked and disgusted at what is happening to 2 men who just wanted to help.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:10 am
Done :)

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:13 am

Gysele van Santen (213)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:21 am

Danuta W (1250)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:03 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:29 am
Done. Thank You, Lynn~~

Athena F (131)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:36 am
noted, thanks!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 3:53 am

Patricia H. (440)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:29 am

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:30 am
Signed and noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 6:14 am
Allow them home

. (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 7:08 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Lynn.

Ben O (154)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 7:25 am

Irene M (19)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:47 pm
you took action on October 05, 2013

Emma S (239)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:04 pm
Signed yesterday - thanks, Lynn!

Roger G (154)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:01 pm
already signed and twitted, noted, thanks

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 5:11 am

Kerstin S (371)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 5:41 am
Signed, thank you Lynn

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 7:05 am

Lynn S (235)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 12:16 pm
UPDATE 06/10/2013 From the Canadian Press

Ottawa says two Canadians jailed in Cairo, Egypt have been released

CAIRO - Two Canadians held for seven weeks in an Egyptian prison in what they've described as brutal conditions have been freed, Canadian officials announced Saturday.

There were few other details on the release of John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, who were arrested on Aug. 16 during violent anti-government demonstrations in Cairo.

"I look forward to Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson being reunited with their families and friends, who have shown tremendous strength during this difficult time," Lynne Yelich, a junior minister responsible for consular affairs said in a statement late Saturday.

"We are facilitating Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson's departure from Egypt," the statement added. ...
Greyson and Loubani were released Sunday morning but there has been no confirmed word on exactly when they will be returning to Canada.

"They are awaiting passports and when they get them we will get them booked on a flight home," Justin Podur, a friend, said on Twitter late Saturday. ...

Thanks to everyone who signed the 2 petitions. Keep signing until they are home.

. (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:21 am

fly bird (26)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:39 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:19 pm
#213 S/S/N

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 6:28 pm
N and S.

Giana P (398)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 11:54 pm

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:07 am
Signed & Noted. Thanks Lynn.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:04 am
Noted, signed and shared

Liliana Garcia (201)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:31 pm
I'm sure I had signed another petition for their freedom a few days ago and yesterday I read hey had been released. Any way I signed this one too. This is a travesty of justice and should end right away!

Lynn S (235)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 10:31 pm
My understanding is that Dr Tarek Loubani and Prof John Greyson left Egypt for West Germany enroute to Canada and arrived in Toronto last Friday 11/10/13.

John Greyson, Tarek Loubani come home to cheers, applause

"After 50 days in Tora prison, five days not being able to fly out of Cairo, here we are," he added. “We’re home because of the work of many thousands of people from all walks of life, from all stripes of the political spectrum, from Canada, from Egypt and from around the world. There was outrage at our arbitrary arrest and [they] spoke out for our release," he said.

Thank you everyone for your support.
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