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
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.