STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT

MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS & PROFESSIONALS

STATEMENT from the World Medical Association:

The WMA has expressed its concern about the arrest and imprisonment in Egypt last week of Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani…Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal, Chair of the WMA, said: ‘The details of Dr. Loubani’s arrest and imprisonment are unclear and we join the Canadian Government in urging the Egyptian authorities to clarify the situation… The absence of more detailed information will continue to add to our worries and concern’.

STATEMENT from the Canadian Medical Association:

The Canadian Medical Association expresses its deep concern about the safety of Dr. Tarek Loubani as well as Mr. John Greyson, and urges Canadian officials to ensure due and fair process as well as physical and emotional safety for those two individuals.

PRESS RELEASE from the Canadian Medical Association (Sept. 19):

The world’s physicians are outraged over Egypt’s detention without charge of a Canadian physician and filmmaker and are urging Egyptian authorities to either expedite their release or grant them a fair and speedy trial, the Canadian Medical Association said today…“The CMA, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the World Medical Association demand Egyptian authorities follow the principles of natural justice and end the extended detention of Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson,” said CMA President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti.

STATEMENT from the British Medical Association:

The BMA has written to Egypt’s interim president, minister of defence and public prosecutor, expressing concern at the treatment of Canadian nationals Dr Tarek Loubani and Professor John Greyson, who began a hunger strike in Egyptian custody on 16 September 2013, having been detained by security forces since 16 August.

STATEMENT from Ontario Medical Association

PRESS RELEASE from Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

STATEMENT from London Health Sciences Centre (London, ON):

On behalf of LHSC, I am joining many of Dr. Loubani’s concerned colleagues, friends and family in urging the Egyptian authorities to quickly resolve this issue and allow for their safe return to Canada.

STATEMENT from Canadian Doctors for Medicare

STATEMENT & LETTER from Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO):

Members of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) are adding their voices to the growing list of individuals and organizations appealing to the Canadian government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to secure their immediate release….“We are concerned that days and weeks have passed since their arrest on August 16 with no action, and are worried about their safety and well-being,” said Doris Grinspun, RNAO’s chief executive officer…Minister, on behalf of our 35,000 members (RNs), we implore you to do everything in your power to help end this ordeal and free these two individuals.

LETTER from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

STATEMENT from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

LETTER from Global Health Emergency Medical Group (University of Toronto)

LETTER from 60 Emergency Physicians & Resident Physicians (University of Toronto)

STATEMENT from Medical Reform Group

PRESS RELEASE from Open Medicine Journal

LETTER from Dr. Susan Buxton (optometrist):

I am very concerned about the well-being of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson.   These men are valuable members of our community…These men are good men, and you would be doing us Canadians a great service by releasing unharmed as soon as you are able.

LETTER from Dr. James Deutsch (Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto):

I continue to follow the cases of Prof. John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani on a daily basis. I know them both to be fine individuals, honourable and peace-loving. I am concerned for their health and welfare. I urge speedy resolution of their situation and look forward to their freedom.

LETTER from Dawn Giffin (Emergency physician, London Health Sciences Centre):

As a colleague of Tarek Loubani’s in the Department of Emergency Medicine at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario, I am sincerely hoping for an immediate release of Tarek and John Greyson.  Tarek is well known amongst the emergency group for his humanitarian efforts.

LETTER from Lesley Spencer, MD

ID BADGES worn by emergency room doctors, nurses and staff in London, Ontario:

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UNIVERSITIES & FACULTY

STATEMENT from Education International

STATEMENT from Amit Chakra (President, Western University):

On behalf of Western, I want to reiterate my ongoing concern for the plight of Dr. Tarek Loubani, an assistant professor in our Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, who is currently being detained in Egypt.  He, along with York University professor John Greyson, has now been held without charge for more than a week…We urge Canadian government officials to continue their efforts to secure the safe and immediate release of these professors who are being detained without formal charges laid against them. We know consular officials in Cairo we are joining other concerned voices across the country appealing to the Egyptian authorities to ensure Profs. Loubani and Greyson are released from detention as soon as possible.

STATEMENT from Dr. Daniel Woolf, Principal & Vice Chancellor, Queens University:

On behalf of Queen’s University, I would like to express my deep concern for the safety and well-being of Prof. John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani currently being detained in Cairo, Egypt. The academic world is a small one and both men have friends and collaborators among our faculty and at universities across the country. It is extremely troubling that Prof. Greyson and Dr. Loubani are being held without charge and in violation of their human rights. We join many others in calling for the immediate release of both men.

STATEMENT (updated) from Mamdouh Shoukri (President, York University)

York University remains extremely concerned about the ongoing detention in Cairo, Egypt, of John Greyson, an associate professor at York University and director of York’s graduate program in film, and Tarek Loubani, an emergency medicine physician and professor from London, Ont…Members of the York community, through local efforts, petitions and statements, have been actively involved in supporting their safe return. York University joins with officials and other members of the Canadian community in calling on Egyptian authorities to release Greyson and Loubani without delay.

STATEMENT (original) from Mamdouh Shoukri (President, York University)

York University remains extremely concerned about the ongoing detention in Cairo, Egypt of John Greyson, an associate professor at York University and director of York’s graduate program in film, and Tarek Loubani, an emergency medicine physician and professor from London, Ontario… York University joins with officials and other members of the Canadian community in calling on Egyptian authorities to release Greyson and Loubani without delay.

LETTER from Sheldon Levy (President, Ryerson University)

Ryerson University joins the resounding voices calling for the release and safe return of Professor John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, academics and humanitarians detained without charge. We strongly support demands made by the Canadian government for an immediate end to their detention and urge a continuing and insistent message of concern.

STATEMENT from Dr. Max Blouw  (President, Wilfred Laurier University)

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at Wilfred Laurier University I express our collective concern for the well being of Dr. Tarek Loubani and Prof. John Greyson.  The health and well being of our professional colleagues is paramount and must be protected.  It is important that fair and timely procedural processes be upheld.  We call for rapid resolution of any charges made against them, and their earliest possible release.

STATEMENT from Stephen J. Toope (President & Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia)

I want to express my deepest concern to learn that John Greyson, an associate professor at York University, and Tarek Loubani, an emergency medicine physician and professor from London, Ontario, continue to remain in custody in Cairo, Egypt…I know that I join with the entire UBC community in offering my concern for the well being of our academic colleagues and calling upon Egyptian authorities to expedite their inquiry and to release the two men without further delay.

STATEMENT from OCAD University (Toronto)

Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University, has sent a letter of support to Canadian and Egyptian officials regarding the immediate release of Canadian academics Tarek Loubani and John Greyson from prison in Egypt…OCAD University believes it is critical that the Canadian government defend its scholars and researchers, even when they work in conflict zones. The OCAD U community implores Canadian officials to intervene in order to obtain full disclosure about the nature of charges laid against Loubani and Greyson, and their immediate release.

LETTER from Dr. Anis Farah (President, Laurentian University Faculty Association):

On behalf of the Laurentian University Faculty Association, I am writing to express our concern about the fate of two Canadian academics who have been detained in Egypt…Given the volatile political situation in Egypt, we are gravely concerned about the safety of Dr. Loubani and Prof. Greyson. We urge you to take all measures necessary to ensure their immediate release.

STATEMENT from Sheridan College:

Sheridan College is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of Professor John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani. As a member of the academic and film communities, Sheridan extends its thoughts to their friends and families during this troubling time.

LETTER from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

STATEMENT from the International Association of Film & Television Schools (CILECT):

We are writing this letter on behalf of CILECT (The International Association of Film and TV Schools) – a community which comprises of 160 audio-visual educational institutions from 60 countries on all continents with more than 9,000 teachers and staff who annually train more than 55,000 students and communicate with an alumni network of more than 1,330,000…CILECT is deeply concerned that award-winning filmmaker John Greyson and emergency room physician Tarek Loubani are still kept in detention in Egypt without any clear reason.

LETTER from Brock University (Social Justice & Equity Studies Program)

LETTER from SOCIETY FOR CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES:

Along with many other professional and human rights organizations, the Society for Cinema Studies has prepared a statement of support for Greyson and Loubani urging appropriate officials to ensure their safety and demand their immediate release.

STATEMENT from College Art Association:

The College Art Association joins colleagues around the world in expressing its hope for the swift release of John Greyson, Associate Professor at York University and Director of York’s graduate program in film, who was recently detained in Egypt, together with Tarek Loubani, a physician, while working on a film project.

LETTER from Labour Studies Department (Laurentian University)

LETTER from World Cinemas Program (McGill University):

We, the undersigned members of McGill University’s World Cinemas program, are writing to express our ongoing concern at the continued detention of Western University’s Dr. Tarek Loubani, and our York University colleague, filmmaker and professor John Greyson.

LETTER from Wilfred Laurier University Faculty Association

STATEMENT from Department of Film Studies, Western University:

On behalf of the faculty in the Department of Film Studies at Western University, I am writing to express our deep concern for the health and welfare of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani; we call for their immediate release.

LETTER from the Labour Studies Department (University of Manitoba)

LETTER from Department of Anthropology (McGill University)

STATEMENT from Western University Faculty Association (UWOFA)

LETTER from Brock University Faculty Association

LETTER from the University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association

LETTER from Windsor University Faculty Association

LETTER from York University Faculty Association to the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs:

President Arthur Hilliker wrote…on behalf of the Executive of the York University Faculty Association calling on the government to demand the immediate release of Professor John Greyson, a member of our association, from prison in Egypt and his safe departure from that country.

TWEET from CAPAL (Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians):

Please help Dr. Tarek Loubani & Prof. John Greyson @ThomasMulcair @JustinTrudeau

STATEMENT from the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA)

LETTER from Queens University Faculty Association

LETTER from Concordia University Faculty Association

The Concordia University Faculty Association (CUFA), along with the Canadian Association of University Teachers and many others, is gravely concerned for the safety and liberty of these two colleagues.

LETTER from Ryerson Faculty Association (800 members)

STATEMENT from Department of East Asian Studies (McGill University):

The Department of East Asian Studies at McGill University joins the CAUT, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, York and Western Universities, and many others in calling for the immediate release of John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, both of whom have been detained and imprisoned by Egyptian authorities in Cairo.  We urge the governments of Canada and Egypt to ensure the safety and immediate release of our colleagues.

SUPPORT from the OCAD University (from Twitter):

We are deeply concerned re Aug16 #Egypt arrests of academics Tarek Loubani & John Greyson

PRESS RELEASE from Canadian Association of University Teachers

LETTER from University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union

TWEET from York Federation of Students:

Prof. John Greyson & Dr. Tarek Loubani are being detained in Egypt. Join the call for their immediate release.

LETTER from Film Studies Association of Canada

STATEMENT from Ontario Public Interest Research Group (York University)

Ontario Public Interest Research Group at York University (OPIRG-York) lends their support to family and friends in calling for the release of John and Tarek and we encourage all York University students and community members to continue bringing attention to this matter.

STATEMENT from the Faculty of Environmental Studies (York University):

Professor Greyson is an esteemed colleague and beloved teacher at York University; he has collaborated with us on our Community Arts program, among many other important initiatives on campus. His creative work and commitment to global peace have been inspirational to academics, artists and concerned citizens in Canada and around the world…We join others in encouraging members of our community to add their voices to the calls for their immediate release.

STATEMENT from the Contemporary Studies Department (Wilfred Laurier University):

The Contemporary Studies program at Wilfred Laurier University is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our colleagues, John and Tarek. We call for their immediate release, and urge Canadian and Egyptian officials to ensure their safe return home.

SUPPORT for Tarek & John from the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association

STATEMENT from the Institute of Islamic Studies (McGill University):

The Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University joins the Middle East Studies Association of North America, CAUT, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, York and Western Universities, and many others in calling for the immediate release of John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, both of whom have been detained and imprisoned by Egyptian authorities in Cairo.  We urge the governments of Canada and Egypt to ensure the safety and immediate release of our colleagues.

STATEMENT from the Sexuality Studies Program (York University)

LETTER from Department of Communication & Journalism (Concordia University)

STATEMENT from the Graduate Geography And Planning Student Association (University of Toronto)

STATEMENT from Department of Humanities, Social Sciences & Social Justice Education (OISE, University of Toronto)

LETTER from the McGill Association of University Teachers (McGill University)

LETTER from Council of University of California Faculty Associations

LETTER from Association of Professors at the University of Ottawa (APUO)

STATEMENT from the Progressive Librarians Guild (Greater Toronto Chapter)

LETTER from the Department of Geography, Planning & the Environment (Concordia University)

LETTER from Middle East Studies Association of North America:

I write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our concern about the arrest and detention of two Canadian citizens, John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, in Cairo almost two weeks ago.

LETTER from the Society for Cinema & Media Studies

LETTER from Dr. Wendy Pearson (Women’s Studies, Western University)

I write again today with great concern for the well-being and safety of my colleagues, Dr. Tarek Loubani and Prof. John Greyson…Please note that Dr. Loubani is a well-respected emergency department physician and a professor at the Schulich School of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Prof. Greyson teaches film at York University and is a highly lauded Canadian filmmaker in his own right. Both of these men have a great deal of support within Canada and internationally.

STATEMENT from Jacques Servin (Professor, New York University) and Igor Vamos (Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

We request the immediate release of filmmaker and professor John Greyson and his colleague Tarek Loubani. John is a leading voice in film-making. He has worked tirelessly for years on social justice issues, all along demonstrating a commitment to non-violence.

LETTER from Vannina Sztainbok (Lecturer, OISE, University of Toronto):

I am writing to request the immediate release of respected Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and esteemed Canadian Medical Doctor Tarek Loubani…It is implausible that there is any legal reason to continue detaining these two Canadian citizens, who are known internationally for their commitment to social justice and human rights.

LETTER from Peter Limbrick, Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Cruz)

I am writing to express my deep concern at the continued detention of filmmaker and professor John Greyson and medic Dr. Tarek Loubani…I respectfully urge you to do everything you can to secure Dr. Loubani and Professor Greyson’s immediate release.

LETTER from J. Willinsky, Professor of Education (Stanford University)

LETTER from Dr. Christine Holmund (University of Tennessee)

 I am writing to ask that you immediately secure the release of renowned Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and dedicated emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani. …That soon 94,000 people have in two weeks signed a petition of their behalf speaks volumes about what valued members of society John and Tarek are.

STATEMENT from Alastair Summerlee (President & Vice Chancellor, University of Guelph):

On behalf of the University of Guelph community, I am writing to express my deep concern about the safety and treatment of Prof. John Greyson, an associate professor at York University, and Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency medicine professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, who have been arrested in Cairo, Egypt.

We are in contact with our Member of Parliament about the detainment of the two men and are grateful for the Canadian government’s efforts in expediting their safe return to Canada. Our thoughts and best wishes are also with Prof. Greyson’s and Dr. Loubani’s families and friends at this time, as well as our colleagues at Western and York universities.

VIDEO by Film Studies (Faculty of Fine Arts) graduate students (York University, Faculty of Fine Arts – Toronto)

STATEMENT from the University of Toronto:

The President of the University of Toronto has written to the Egyptian ambassador to express these concerns for the welfare of Loubani and Greyson, and to convey our disappointment that the transitional government has detained Canadian citizens – among others – without any charges or time-table for judicial recourse.

LETTER from Dr. Angela Vanhaelen (Department Chair – Art History & Communications, McGill University):

I’m writing this message to join colleagues across the country and around the world in calling for the immediate release of Canadian citizens, Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson…On behalf of our Department, I call on the Canadian and Egyptian governments to act swiftly and justly to free these Canadians.

LETTER from Renee Tajima-Peña (Professor, University of California Los Angeles)

I have known John since the 1980s as a much respected and much adored filmmaker, teacher and humanitarian…We stand firmly and resolutely beside you in your work to win their freedom.

LETTER from Su Friedrich (Professor, Visual Arts, Princeton University)

I urge you to release Tarek Loubani and John Greyson immediately…
[John] is a great filmmaker, with an international reputation, and there are thousands of people who have already signed a petition in support of his release.Surely you will understand the urgency of this and release him, and Tarek, as soon as possible.

LETTER from Dr. Darrell Varga (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design)

I am a university professor and Canada Research Chair at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design writing today with great urgency to express my deep concern over the arrest of Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and Canadian medical doctor Tarek Loubani.

STATEMENT from Jabeur Fathally, Ph.D. (Department of Law, University of Ottawa)

I am a University Professor, and Executive Director of JuriGlobe Research Group at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, writing today  to express my deep concern over the arrest of my fellow Canadians, filmmaker John Greyson and brilliant medical doctor Tarek Loubani, and I join many others in calling for the immediate release of both men.

LETTER from Dr. Darryl Leroux (Department of Sociology & Criminology, St. Mary’s University)

It is with great concern that I urge the Egyptian government to immediately release Drs. John Greyson and Tarek Loubani from their custody…I join the chorus of thousands of Canadians, including many prominent academics, filmmakers, physicians and university presidents asking for their immediate release and return to Canada.

LETTER from Nell Tenhaaf (Graduate Program Director: Visual Arts, York University)

I am very concerned for my colleague Professor John Greyson and Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani…Professor Greyson is a superb teacher and graduate supervisor who is already sorely missed by the students and faculty he works with.

GOVERNMENT 

STATEMENT from Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird (Canada)

LETTER from Mayor Rob Ford & Toronto City Council

STATEMENT from Minister Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs) regarding meeting with Egyptian officials (Aug. 20)

STATEMENT from Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh (October 3 in the Ontario Legislature)

STATEMENT from MP Susan Truppe (Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women, MP London North)

STATEMENT from Marc Garneau (Canadian Member of Parliament):

I know and support Government’s continued efforts to expedite the release of Canadians TarekLoubani and John Greyson from prison in Egypt.

LETTER from Mayor Rob Burton (Oakville, Ontario)

STATEMENT from Mayor Joe Fontana (London, Ontario)

ARTS & CULTURE

Film legends Claire Denis and Emma Thompson show their support during TIFF
Film legends Claire Denis and Emma Thompson show their support during TIFF

LETTER from Director’s Guild of Canada

An award-winning filmmaker, human rights activist and professor at York University, Greyson is a courageous voice in the Canadian film industry.  Given the current political turmoil in Egypt, Canadian government intervention is vital to finding a rapid resolution to this unfortunate situation.

APPEAL from Atom Egoyan & Arsinée Khanjian (Academy Award nominated filmmakers & artists)

STATEMENT from the Ontario Arts Council:

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has joined the many voices across Ontario and Canada demanding the release of filmmaker John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani.

STATEMENT from Toronto Arts Council

LETTER from Arts Etobicoke

On behalf of six of Toronto’s Local Arts Service Organizations (Arts Etobicoke, Lakeshore Arts, Urban Arts, Scarborough Arts, North York Arts and East End Arts) I am writing today to add our voices to the many thousands, worldwide, who have been calling for the immediate release of…John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani.

LETTER from Frameline

STATEMENT from Documentary Organization of Canada

LETTER from Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies  (University of Toronto)

STATEMENT from Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC):

CARFAC would like to add our voice to those who have expressed their concern for the safety of Dr. Tarek Loubani and filmmaker John Greyson. We urge the Canadian Government to do everything they can to secure their safe return.

NOTICE in Keyframe (Fandor Film digital magazine):

…Time to show support for two Canadians arrested in Egypt.

STATEMENT from the Independent Artist’s Union (re: annual Labour Day Parade)

This year we want to dedicate our participation to …John Greyson, along with Tarek Loubani, and march in support of their release from prison in Cairo.

LETTER from Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre:

We, the board of directors of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), write to express our deep concern for filmmaker and professor John Greyson and emergency room physician Tarek Loubani who have been mistakenly imprisoned in Cairo since August 16.

LETTER from Independent Media Arts Alliance:

We call for increased and sustained efforts by the Canadian Government and the Egyptian
Embassy to Canada to secure the immediate safety and release of Dr. Tarek Loubani and
Professor John Greyson.

TWEET from Sundance Film Institute:

Sundance Institute shares the concerns of family and friends of filmmaker John Greyson and partner Dr. Tarek Loubani Canadian citizens arrested by Egyptian police on August 16 in Cairo.

STATEMENT from Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival:

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is deeply concerned for the safety of  filmmaker John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, and support the Government of Canada’s urgent attention to this matter to ensure that both are brought home safely and swiftly.

LETTER from Gisèle Gordon (filmmaker & producer):

John Greyson is a national treasure: a brilliant artist, generous professor, and committed humanitarian…Tarek Loubani’s selfless commitment to helping others has likewise been well documented…he is also focused on building a peaceful, better world for all.

LETTER from James Dubro (writer):

These two are humanitarian activists only trying to help…They should be released from jail immediately so that they can get on with their important work.

TWEET from filmmaker & artist Clive Holden:

@imagesfestival is incensed by the arrests of John Greyson + Dr. Tarek Loubani.

LETTER from Louise Garfield (film producer) to Minister Baird:

I respectfully request that you work urgently toward the immediate release of respected Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and esteemed Canadian medical doctor Tarek Loubani.

STATEMENTS from the Boston Palestine Film FestivalBristol Palestine Film Festival, and the Palestine Film Foundation

LETTER from Andrew Patterson (artist)

I am proclaiming my support for Tarek Loubani and …John Greyson (who I’ve known for more than three decades) in this cruel and ridiculous situation…his situation is serious enough that one must put aside ingrained political biases and work for the obvious solution to this impasse.

TWEET from Media Arts Network of Ontario & Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

[Media Arts Network of Ontario] calls for the immediate #release of #Canadians #filmmaker John Greyson & Dr. Tarek Loubani

TWEET from Cinema Politica:

Recipient of our Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community & Resistance, John Greyson is detained in #Cairo. Add your voice to thousands calling for release of filmmaker John Greyson and Dr Tarek Loubani

LETTER from Gus Van Sant (Academy Award nominated filmmaker):

I have know John Greyson for 33 years, and he has always impressed me as one the most informed and helpful people I have ever met.  I am concerned for his well being after his arrest.  I hope that you will release him and allow him to continue his wonderful and helpful life.

TWEET from CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation) Ontario & Media Arts Network:

Media Arts Network of Ontario calls for the immediate release of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani

STATEMENT from Canadian Film Centre

SUPPORT for Tarek & John from Sarah PolleyNaomi KleinJian Gomeshi, and Judy Rebick

PLEASE PLEASE support the release of amazing filmmaker and beautiful human John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani – Sarah Polley (from Twitter)

LETTER from Charles Street Video (Toronto)

LETTER from Christina Willings (filmmaker)

I am writing in concern for John and Tarek – as you know they are well loved and respected members for their local and national communities…I thank you for you efforts to intervene on John and Tarek’s behalf, and I implore you to remain focussed in your efforts to secure their immediate release.

LETTER from Joshua Ferguson & Florian Halbedi (filmmakers & producers):

John is a brilliant cinematic auteur, a creative inspiration, a friend and a generous supporter. We are grateful for his contribution to our filmmaking paths. John and Tarek are in our thoughts and we hope that they will safely return to Canada soon.

TWEET from IFB Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival):

Help free Tarek Loubani and John Greyson (director of many #Berlinale films)

PRESS RELEASE from Toronto Palestinian Film Festival

TWEET from Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival:

Award-winning #RA2009 filmmaker John Greyson & Dr Tarek Loubani need your support!

STATEMENT from Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs):

Hot Docs is deeply troubled by the recent news of the arrests in Cairo of filmmaker John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani. Our thoughts are with their families and friends, as well as with the Egyptian people during this time of ongoing turmoil. We are heartened by the Canadian Government’s attention to this urgent concern, and hope that ongoing efforts will lead to their swift and safe return.

LETTER from 29 Indian Academics and Filmmakers

STATEMENT from the Editorial Collective, Canadian Dimension Magazine:

The Editorial Collective of Canadian Dimension Magazine joins the CAUT, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, York and Western Universities, and many others in calling for the immediate release of John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, both of whom have been detained and imprisoned by Egyptian authorities in Cairo. We strongly urge the governments of Canada and Egypt to ensure the safety and immediate release of our colleagues.

LETTER from the Documentary Organization of Canada:

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.

STATEMENT from Toronto International Film Festival:

John is a long time friend of TIFF and we are concerned for his well being and hope that he can quickly return to Canada safe and sound. We are proud of the Canadian government’s actions to date in their quick response and attempt to secure his release from imprisonment in Cairo. Our thoughts are with the Egyptian community here and abroad during this difficult time.

LETTER from Visible Evidence (international documentary film organization)

STATEMENT from LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto)

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) joins many organizations around Canada and the world in calling for the release of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson from their detainment in Egypt… John is a member of our organization and an important filmmaker in Canada and internationally. Many of our members know him as a friend, teacher and colleague and are extremely concerned for his safety. Our friends in the medical community speak as highly of Tarek Loubani in his role as a humanitarian and doctor.

LETTER from Jeremy Podeswa (film and television director):

Please accept this letter of concern with respect to the continued detention of Canadian scholars John Greyson and Tarek Loubani in Cairo.   I join the Canadian government and the international community of concerned citizens, artists, writers, filmmakers, academics and many more who stand with the friends and families of John and Tarek to demand their immediate release.

LETTER from Les Artistes pour la Paix

LETTER from Galerie SAW Gallery, SAW Video Media Art Centre, Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa, Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Canadian Film Institute, Art Gallery of Ottawa & Artengine (Ottawa)

STATEMENT from the Appropriation Art Coalition

SONG & VIDEO by Media Arts Peterborough & Su Ditta

LETTER from Linda Goyette (journalist & writer)

CARD spotted at the Ai Wei Wei exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario:

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HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

LETTER from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

We argue that the continued indefinite detention of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson…is in direct violation of international law.

STATEMENT from Canadian Civil Liberties Association:

CCLA is very concerned about reports that Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson were arrested in Cairo on Friday, August 16, 2013, and reportedly are being detained in an Egyptian prison…CCLA commends Canada for publicly expressing concerns about both men, and urges the Canadian government to continue all efforts to secure the safety and release of both men

LETTER from the Canadian Union of Public Employees

LETTER from Canadian Union of Public Employees (Local 3903)

LETTER from the United Church of Canada:

As have Canadians and others in the international community, we write because of our deep concern about the ongoing turmoil in Egypt. This letter addresses our particular concern at
this time for Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, the two Canadian citizens currently imprisoned in Egypt who are now on a hunger-strike…As they continue into a second month under imprisonment since their arrest on August 16th, concerns for their well-being deepen. The United Church of Canada joins many voices in calling on the Canadian government to continue exerting every effort to secure their immediate and safe release.

LETTER from PEN Canada

PRESS RELEASE from Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

STATEMENT from the Sisters of St. Joseph

STATEMENT (updated) from PEN Canada

“Every Canadian should be concerned about this,” said Jim Creskey, Chair of PEN Canada’s Writers in Prison Committee. “We’ve seen this happen too many times before. Less than a month ago the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed to draft guiding principles on the rights of those deprived of their liberty to challenge the legality of the detention before a court. This is exactly the sort of case they had in mind. Unless the Egyptian authorities can justify the detention, they should release Professor Greyson and Dr. Loubani without any further delay.”

POSTING from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

LETTER from Latin-American Canadian Solidarity Association (LACSA)

TWEET from Mayworks Toronto:

Please sign this petition in support of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani. Tarek, a Canadian emergency physician.

STATEMENT from Jer’s Vision (Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative)