DOC is elated to learn that John Greyson and Tarek Loubani have made their way back to Canada on Friday, October 11th as reported by the CBC.
DOC’s letter to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada:
September 30, 2013
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
We congratulate you on calling for the immediate release of filmmaker John Greyson and physician Tarek Loubani yesterday, but more pressure has to be applied to bring this matter to a conclusion that has dragged on for far too long.
John and Tarek have now been in detention for 45 days and on a hunger strike for two weeks. With their detention having been extended for an additional 45 days as announced yesterday, these two Canadians are in increasing peril. The Egyptian government has yet to formally charge the two and detaining them under these circumstances is unacceptable.
As the government of Egypt seeks favour with the international community and aims to increase trade between our two countries, the Documentary Organization of Canada and its 700 members urge you to refuse any such consideration until the men are released.
Prime Minister, we beseech you to take all necessary actions to secure the safe and immediate release of these two men. Canadians across the country turn to you to ensure a positive outcome for this grave situation.
DOC urges the Department of Foreign Affairs to intervene in the arrest of Canadian documentary filmmaker John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani:
August 19, 2013
The Honourable John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G2
Dear Minister Baird,
The Documentary Organization of Canada represents over 700 documentary filmmakers, producers and artisans across the country. We are writing on our members’ behalf to express our deep concern over the arrest by Egyptian authorities of veteran Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani.
The award-winning director of feature films such as Zero Patience, Lilies and Fig Trees, Greyson is one of the courageous and outspoken voices in Canadian cinema and is an esteemed professor at York University.
We are seriously alarmed by the fact that Merssrs. Greyson and Loubani are being held by the Egyptian authorities. It is of utmost importance that your department intervene immediately to obtain information about their situation and work to secure their release.