Bring back Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay
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Bring back Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay

    1. Petition by

      Roméo Dallaire

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September 2012

Victory

After more than a decade in Guantanamo Bay and Bagram, Omar Khadr is finally home. Over the past 10 years, Omar Khadr’s rights have been violated time and again. He has been denied the right to due process and a fair trial, the right to protection from torture, and the rights stemming from the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocol on Children in Armed Conflict. His return is an unmistakable step towards protecting human rights and the rights of children in armed conflict. And it marks the end of a decade-long national embarrassment. Thank you to the 35,000 Canadians and global citizens for signing my petition on Change.org to repatriate Omar Khadr. This victory is yours as much as it is Omar’s.

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.

(Version française)

During his 10 nightmarish years at Bagram and Guantánamo Bay, Omar Khadr’s rights have been violated time and again. He has been denied the right to due process and a fair trial, the right to protection from torture, and the rights stemming from the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocol on Children in Armed Conflict.

After years of dragging its feet, Canada finally agreed to his return in 2010, so long as he served one additional year in Guantánamo. No one forced the government’s hand. It made its promise voluntarily. That year has passed, and yet the transfer request continues to gather dust on the minister’s desk awaiting his signature. This is simply unacceptable.

Just days ago, Marine Col. Jeffrey Colwell, chief defense counsel for military commissions openly chastised Canada for crippling US efforts to enter into plea agreements: If the US “can’t carry through on their end of the bargain, it has a chilling effect on the willingness of others to plead. There was an expectation by all parties involved that Khadr was going to be home last fall. It’s July, and he’s not.”

The Americans have held up their end of the deal. Omar Khadr has held up his end of the deal. Why is the Canadian government refusing to follow through on its commitment?

Enough is enough. Canada must keep its word — and Minister Toews must authorize Omar Khadr’s return without delay. A deal is a deal.

If thousands join me, we can force Canada to honour its promise. Now is the time to speak up and spread the word. Please sign this petition and help me bring Omar Khadr home.

—LGen Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret'd), Senator

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    • Joe Bailey HEATHERTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      It Is Of Uttmost Importance That We Canada Supposed To Be Example To The World ,Not Only Have A WarMonger In PMO but besides WAR Crimes Should Also Be On trial For Inhumanity To Omar ! If that.s democracy ,Give Me Hells Angels Anyday !

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    • Joe Bailey HEATHERTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I Need A cause That We As Baby Boomers Missed Along The way

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    • Joe Bailey HEATHERTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Reason For Signing Because Canada And USA On That Day In Khadr'S Life Became Criminals And Attackers : Now The Cover-Up Seems So Simple ; make Khadr Disappear . Not gonnA happen ! The great People Of Canada (not the Powerful ) Will not Let It happen ! right Now Not Yesterday Or Tomorrow , We Gotta Make Democracy Happen ,All That Is Needed Is The spark to lite Da fire And Just Maybe The Governmental Abuse Of Khadr Is the Fire then "here In The Real World ,It's Not that Easy At All " When Heros get Mad It's Bigg Heads That fall !

      This Is Not a Threat But a very Strong Possibility !"Smokin Joe"

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    • Thayub Ali SAARBRüCKEN, GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      It is not right to do such things to a person!

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    • khalid akram WOODFORD GREEN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      it is not right

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