Free Ola and Hosam Campaign Update
July 3, 2018
Marking one year of detention, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has issued a statement calling for Egypt to unconditionally release Ola and Hosam. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true
“We call on the Government of Egypt to unconditionally release Ola Al-Qaradawi and her husband Hosam Khalaf, who have been arbitrarily detained in the country since they were arrested on 30 June last year. Al-Qaradawi has been held in solitary confinement for one year in one of the worst prisons in Egypt and has been denied visits from her family and lawyers since her arrest. We understand she recently began a hunger strike in protest,” said the High Commissioner.
“We understand that Ola Al-Qaradawi’s health is frail and deteriorating and urge the authorities to ensure that her right to health and to physical and psychological integrity is respected. We call on Egypt to release all those arbitrarily detained in the country unconditionally.”
The High Commissioner’s statement comes after the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention adopted an opinion that Ola and Hosam’s detention was illegal, arbitrary and and called for their immediate release.
After Ola announced her hunger strike last Monday during her detention extension hearing, the family has not been able to access any information about her health and conditions.
Aayah, Ola’s eldest daughter, published a video reflecting on 365 days of her mother’s detention and what it means to her and her children. https://youtu.be/g0Dz4vvJVXY
The FreeOlaandHosam campaign has started a social media blitz to encourage supporter to spread the word and call for Ola and Hosam’s immediate release.
New York Times: UN Rights Experts Urge Egypt to Free Couple Unlawfully Detained
Middle East Eye: Qaradawi’s jailed daughter goes on hunger strike in Egypt
Middle East Monitor: Ola Al-Qaradawi begins hunger strike in bid for freedom after one year in solitary
The New Arab: In Sisi’s Egypt, collective punishment is tearing entire families apart
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