FREE OMAR KHADR NOW
  • Petitioning The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, M.P.

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister of Canada
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, M.P.
Minister of Public Safety
The Honourable Steven Blaney, M.P.
Leader of the Liberal Party
Mr. Justin Trudeau, M.P.
Leader of the Opposition, New Democratic Party
Mr. Thomas Mulcair, M.P.

FREE OMAR KHADR NOW

    1. Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign
    2. Petition by

      Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign

      Toronto, Canada

PLEASE DONATE AND FUNDRAISE to help Dennis Edney to Free Omar Khadr Now.   

We urge you to contribute to this campaign by helping to raise funds to pay for the legal costs of Omar's defence. For the last 10 years, his pro bono lawyer Dennis Edney has been working without compensation and paying court costs both in Guantanamo and Canada.

 Your support to help Dennis Edney to free Omar can be made via donation:

  By Paypal : [+] FREE Omar Khadr NOW – FUND

 By Cheque, please mail to:

                Free Omar Khadr Now Committee

                P.O. Box 57112

                RPO East Hastings Street

                Vancouver, V5K 1Z0

                B.C. Canada  (Please include your email address)

 By Bank Deposit/Interac e-transfer:

                Free Omar Khadr Now Committee

                VanCity Credit Union, Branch 13

                Account number: 531590

 freeomarkhadrnow@gmail.com 

 Court costs are very expensive and funds collected will only be used to cover these costs.  Dennis Edney continues to offer his legal services and personal labour for free, a sacrifice which shows his strong commitment to human rights, justice and the rights of all citizens. Dennis' work has been recognized both in Canada and internationally but he needs our help to continue this important legal fight.

 The Canadian government continues to legitimize the Military Commission which has been internationally condemned and referred to as a "kangaroo court". The Chief Justice of Alberta said in her 2014 ruling about Omar's Guantanamo sentencing: “the evidence against Khadr would have been excluded in a Canadian court. The legal process under which Khadr was held and the evidence elicited from him have been found to have violated both the Charter and international human rights law.”

 In 2008 our Supreme Court ruled that Omar's constitutional rights were violated in Guantanamo and that he should be repatriated to Canada. The government ignored this decision and continued to demonize, condemn and silence him. To this day, Omar is not allowed to tell his story nor can journalists interview him. The rights of Canadians to know what has transpired have been denied.  

 At the present time Dennis Edney is involved in 3 court proceedings:

 1. In the US, a court challenge is proceeding to overturn Omar's Guantanamo conviction. For more information on this case, please check out this video: http://freeomarakhadr.com/videos/u-s-pentagon-dod-lawyer-sam-morison-appeals-omars-guantanamo-conviction/

 2. The Government of Canada has appealed the recent victory at the Alberta Appeals Court that recognized Omar Khadr as a youth offender. Dennis is preparing for a possible Supreme Court hearing. 

 3. A civil court case is underway to sue the Canadian government for violating Omar's constitutional rights and for being complicit in his abuse and mistreatment by the US government.

 Our laws, the Charter of Rights and the Constitution apply equally to ALL Canadians. We must not let the government arbitrarily choose which citizens are entitled to those rights and protections. That would undermine our democracy, the equality of citizens and the rule of law. Our country would be changed forever if the government were allowed to practise exclusion.

 During the 13 years of Omar's imprisonment there has been political interference at the highest levels, a serious miscarriage of justice has continued and the life of a young person has been terribly abused. The government must stop playing politics with Omar's life and rights as a Canadian citizen. It's time to raise our collective voices for justice, fairness and freedom for Omar Khadr, which can only come through the courts and through the work of lawyers like Dennis Edney. 

 Every day that Omar remains in prison is a sad commentary on our country. Please visit http://freeomarAkhadr.com/ to learn more about Omar's case.

 Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Every Canadian Deserves Justice. Even Omar Khadr

      Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign
      Petition Organizer

      Globe and Mail Editorial
      Jul. 09 2014

      Omar Khadr is often referred to as a convicted war criminal and murderer. In a sense, he is: In 2010, he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, spying and providing material support to terrorism, along with attempted murder and murder.

      But there’s a giant, glowing asterisk attached to all of that. The American military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay that convicted Mr. Khadr was not a normal court. It was a pantomime of justice, removed from the normal American legal system, and relying on made-up rules and novel legal interpretations. The main evidence against him was a confession, obtained years earlier under what any reasonable person would describe as abuse or torture. And before he pled guilty, it was made clear that unless he did so, he faced a lifetime of detention without trial. He had at that point already spent nearly a decade in American custody, held in places that were for a time entirely removed from the realm of law, where abuse and torture were standard operating procedure.

      Mr. Khadr was sentenced by a kangaroo court, one worthy of a Middle Eastern dictatorship or Kafka short story. Or as the Alberta Court of Appeal put it this week, in drily damning language, “the legal process under which Khadr was held and the evidence elicited from him have been found to have violated both the Charter and international human rights law.” The Supreme Court of Canada has also said as much.

      Mr. Khadr was a minor when the alleged crimes were committed; he was just 15 when captured on the battlefield, severely wounded. That’s why the Alberta court ordered that as he continue serving his sentence in a Canadian prison, he be transferred from federal custody to a provincial facility. Under Canadian law, when the things he is accused of occurred, he was a kid. Under international law, he was a child soldier, more victim – of al-Quaeda and his own family – than accomplice.

      There are some who seem to believe that treating Mr. Khadr anything other than harshly is an appeasement of terrorism, or a spit in the face of our American allies, or a shot against our brave soldiers who fought in Afghanistan. But what were we fighting for in Afghanistan except the hope that others might one day live in a society like ours: A society built on justice and the rule of law.

    3. BIG WIN FOR OMAR!

      Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign
      Petition Organizer

      The Federal Court of Appeals has finally released its judgement that Omar should not have been incarcerated in a Federal penitentiary. He is to be moved to a provincial facility.

      In April 2014, Omar's lawyer Dennis Edney had appealed a Federal Court ruling, arguing that Omar's 8-year sentence by the U.S. is a youth sentence. The three-judge bench agreed. Now Omar will have access to transition programs, education, and parole.

      Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, said he's pleased the Appeal Court's decision gets his client out of "the hands of the Harper government."
      In a statement he said, the federal government would "rather pander to politics than to apply the rule of law fairly to each and every Canadian citizen."
      "This government chose to misinterpret the International Transfer of Offenders Act and place Omar in a maximum security prison, where he spent the first seven months in solitary confinement, instead of treating him as a youth as required under both Canadian and international law."
      Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/court-rules-omar-khadr-should-be-transferred-to-provincial-jail-1.1904027#ixzz36tvPmMcj

      The decision comes within days of revelations that the U.S. and Canada knew that the charges levelled against Omar by the military commission were bogus. In order for justice to be served, Omar must be released immediately and compensated for his immense suffering and the loss of his youth and young adulthood.

    4. U.S. AND CANADA KNEW CHARGES AGAINST OMAR KHADR WERE BOGUS

      Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign
      Petition Organizer

      By Gail Davidson, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada | July 4, 2014

      The U.S. designated Omar Khadr as an “unprivileged belligerent” in order to charge him with offences that are not crimes under U.S., Canadian or international law (whether or not he committed the alleged acts underlying the charges). The U.S. claimed ‘unprivileged belligerents’ could not claim combat immunity or the protection of the Geneva Conventions.

      A recently released memo establishes that the U.S. knew the charges against Omar Khadr were not legal, months before the U.S. offered a ‘get out of jail in 8 years’ plea bargain to him. The U.S. Department of Justice legal memo dated July 2010, says there is no such thing in law as an “unprivileged belligerent”. The memo was released by court order on the application of the American Civil Liberties Association and the New York Times.

      THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA KNEW THAT:

      The charges against Omar Khadr were bogus and could never be upheld by a properly constituted court;
      Confessions were extracted from Omar Khadr through the use of torture and other prohibited treatment including threats, beatings, psychological torment, incommunicado and arbitrary detention, prolonged solitary confinement, denial of habeas corpus, denial of the right to legal representation, denial of timely and confidential legal representation; denial of access to a properly constituted, impartial and independent tribunal and denial of fair trial rights;
      Omar Khadr was and is properly presumed to be a ‘prisoner of war’ and is entitled to the protection of international and Canadian law including the Geneva Conventions;
      Omar Khadr was illegally captured, transported to and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay in violation of all applicable international law and Canadian law;
      Omar Khadr was a child at the time of capture and as such was entitled to special protections ensuring all his rights including his right to liberty.

      The Government of Canada knew all these and other factors indicating that the imprisonment of Omar Khadr was not legally justified because Lawyers against the War and others told them on many occasions.

      READ ALL ABOUT IT:

      Secret U.S. memo suggests no legal basis to charge Omar Khadr with war crimes By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | July 2, 2014; http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Secret+memo+suggests+legal+basis+charge+Omar+Khadr+with/9994417/story.html

      U.S. ‘drone memo’ offers legal ammunition in Omar Khadr case - If CIA drone pilots cannot be charged with war crimes, how could Pentagon convict former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr? By Michelle Shephard, Toronto Star | 2 July 2014; http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/07/02/us_drone_memo_offers_legal_ammunition_in_omar_khadr_case.html

      UNITED STATES COURT OF MILITARY COMMISSION REVIEW | June 30, 2014. Lawyers for Omar Khadr explain in this court filing that the just-published US Department of Justice memorandum contains information that directly challenges the American government’s case against their client.
      http://freeomarakhadr.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/us-v-khadr-motion-to-lift-stay-june-30-2014.pdf

      TAKE ACTION:

      Write to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice and Public Safety asking for the immediate release of Omar Khadr:

      Prime Minister Stephen Harper: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca and PM@pm.gc.ca
      Minister of Justice Peter MacKay: mcu@justice.gc.ca
      Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney: steven.blaney@parl.gc.ca

      CANADA’S RESPONSE:

      “Omar Ahmed Khadr pleaded guilty to heinous crimes, including the murder of American Army medic Sergeant Christopher Speer. Our Government supports the efforts of his wife Tabitha Speer and fellow soldiers to receive compensation for their horrible loss suffered at the hands of Omar Ahmed Khadr.
      We have vigorously defended against any attempt to lessen his punishment for these crimes.
      While Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau refused to rule out special compensation for this convicted terrorist and the NDP actively tries to force Canadian taxpayers to compensate him, we believe the victims of crime, not the perpetrators, are the ones who deserve compensation.”

      Jason Tamming
      Press Secretary | Attaché de presse
      Office of the Hon. Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
      Jason.Tamming@ps-sp.gc.ca | @jaytamming

    5. Dallaire says bye to Senate, will advocate for child soldiers like Khadr

      Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign
      Petition Organizer

      On the occasion of Senator Romeo Dallaire’s announcement that he is leaving the Senate, the Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign would like to thank him for his unwavering support for Omar Khadr and his strong moral convictions in speaking up for the rule of law and human decency.

      Not many in our government have had the courage to speak on behalf of Omar Khadr who continues to be unlawfully imprisoned. Thank you Romeo Dallaire, you are a true hero in every sense.

      Romeo Dallaire spoke out in the Senate (June 29, 2012) about the abuse and mistreatment of Omar: http://romeodallaire.sencanada.ca/en/p103115/

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Do Tortured Child Soldiers Belong in Canadian Prisons?

      Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends of Omar,
      The Free Omar Khadr Now Campaign has sent a letter to all Members of Parliament http://freeomarakhadr.com/2014/03/10/omar-khadr-and-the-rule-of-law/
      Please contact your MP www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members and ask them to respond to the letter. All responses will be shared with the media and added to our website page under Politicians Speaking Out http://freeomarakhadr.com/2013/10/30/politicians-speaking-out/
      For Omar’s international supporters, we ask that you write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper - stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca and copy the following people:
      Justin Trudeau (Liberals) - justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
      Thomas Mulcair (The New Democrats) - thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
      Elizabeth May (The Green Party) - elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca
      Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice) - peter.mackay@parl.gc.ca
      Steven Blaney (Minister Public Safety) - steven.blaney@parl.gc.ca
      Howard Sapers (Correctional Investigator) - howard.sapers@oci-bec.gc.ca

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Ashli Williams MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 1 day ago

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    • Samaa Aziz SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
      • 4 days ago

      injustice

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    • Elisha Atherton WALLASEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      no one should be wrongly imprisoned as a result of the government's crimes.

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    • salima fellous GERMANY
      • 8 days ago

      ich bin für die Gerechtigkeit

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    • Jonna Boulton GULF BREEZE, FL
      • 12 days ago

      I'm signing because things like this should not be able to happen. Things like this need to end here and now. It is sickening and terrifying. Time to own up and realize that they are wrong. Free this poor man. He has been through enough.

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