Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Updated: Appeal to federal government to secure the freedom of Dr. Loubani and Professor Greyson

Updated: Appeal to federal government to secure the freedom of Dr. Loubani and Professor Greyson

The ongoing detention of two Canadians, Tarek Loubani, an emergency room physician and John Greyson, a filmmaker and professor at York University is deeply troubling. The two were arrested by Egyptian authorities on August 16 and continue to be held against their will as authorities investigate the events that lead to their arrest following a large protest on the streets of Cairo. At the end of September, prosecutors again extended their imprisonment for an additional 45 days. To date, the two have had no contact with loved ones. And there are reports the two have been beaten and interrogated.

There have been national and international mobilization efforts to secure their release. Emergency room doctors, nurses and staff in London, Ontario have been wearing a special ID badge, among other actions. The New York Times reports that filmmaker Sarah Polley and others at the Toronto International Film Festival joined in a public demand that Egyptian authorities free the two Canadians. Updates on the growing mobilization for their release, including actions by a number of health care organizations, can be found here.

In a statement on Friday, 13 September, RNAO added its voice to the growing list of individuals and organizations appealing to the Canadian government and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to continue pressuring the Egyptian government to secure their immediate release. On October 1, Minister Baird expressed grave concerns over the fate of these two Canadians.

What can YOU do?

After weeks of detention and being forced to endure terrible conditions, it is clear that only escalating action by thousands of concerned people will create the pressure to bring about their release.

1) Sign and send the letter below asking that Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and Wael Aboul-Magd, Egyptian Ambassador to Canada, step up their efforts to secure the release John and Tarek.

2) Add your name to the more than 147,000 people who have signed the online petition demanding their release -- here.

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