Omar Khadr at age 14
By Roméo A. Dallaire
The case of Omar Khadr—a Canadian citizen and former child soldier—is a stain upon our society and shows a blatant disregard for Canada’s obligations under international law.
During his 10 nightmarish years at Bagram and Guantánamo Bay, Omar Khadr’s rights have been violated time and again. He has been [...]
By Keith Jones, Global Research, Nov. 1, 2010
The military commission trial of child-soldier Omar Khadr and the plea bargain that the Obama administration and the Pentagon coerced from him this week have been widely and rightly condemned.
Now just 24 years old, Khadr has spent more than eight years, or over a [...]
America and Obama Hit Bottom: Pressuring Child Soldier to Plead Guilty to Murder Violates International Law and Basic Common Decency
By Dave Lindorff, Oct. 25, 2010
As the author of The Case for Impeachment (St. Martin’s Press, 2006), I never thought in my lifetime that I would see a president reach the depth of moral decay and [...]
Photo: Allan Lissner
Obama Bravely Takes on a Tortured Child Soldier
Torturing the Rule of Law at Obama’s Gitmo
By Chase Madar, Counterpunch, July 30-August 1, 2010
President Obama may lack the nerve to stare down Liz Cheney or Bibi Netanyahu, but no one can deny that our commander in chief has the guts to take on a child [...]
According to a statement by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, issued Feb. 12, 2009, “Canada and the U.S. are duty bound to act immediately to ensure that Omar Khadr is released and repatriated, his rights are protected and violations of his rights are investigated and remedied, where appropriate, by criminal proceedings against the perpetrators.”
The statement continues: [...]
Liberal MP Bob Rae, centre, Bloc MP Paul Crête, left, and NDP MP Paul Dewar banded together at a news conference on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to push the Harper government to deal with the case of Omar Khadr. (Adrian Wyld/Associated Press)
With Washington poised to shut down the Guantanamo Bay military prison, it’s in Canada’s [...]
by Paul Koring, Globe and Mail, Jan. 13, 2009
WASHINGTON — Right groups challenged president-elect Barack Obama yesterday to stop the war-crimes trial of Canadian Omar Khadr, the first terrorist suspect scheduled to go on trial at Guantanamo only six days after the inauguration.
Mr. Obama’s staff avoided answering the challenge yesterday, saying only that the president-elect [...]
Canwest News Service, Vancouver Sun, Jan. 12, 2009
WASHINGTON — Senator Romeo Dallaire and several human rights activists were in Washington on Monday calling on president-elect Barack Obama to stop the upcoming trial of Omar Khadr in Guantanamo Bay.
The trial of the 22-year-old Canadian, accused of killing a U.S. serviceman in Afghanistan in 2002, is set [...]
by Michelle Shephard, Toronto Star, December 13, 2008
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA–A report provided by a U.S. soldier casts doubt once more on the Pentagon’s assertion that Canadian captive Omar Khadr threw a grenade that killed an American soldier.
A military court was told for the first time yesterday that Khadr, then 15, was buried under rubble from [...]
Canadians prefer tangible foreign aid to value spreading: Poll
by Norma Greenaway, Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
OTTAWA – Canadians say providing bridges, roads and other forms of concrete foreign assistance is more important than spreading such Canadian values as democracy, freedom of speech and gender equality, says a new Environics survey.
The survey, being released Wednesday, [...]