Ignatieff on Khadr


Hot off the electronic presses.

Statement from Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Official Opposition, on the Status of Omar Khadr

Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was 13 years old when he was recruited as a child soldier and 15 years old at the time of his arrest, has been held in Guantanamo Bay for more than six years. His continued detention has violated fundamental principles of law, including arbitrary and illegal detention, denial of procedural due process, denial of the right to trial within a reasonable time before a fair and impartial tribunal, and as a child soldier, denial of his rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The military commission responsible for trying Mr. Khadr has lost its legitimacy. It is incumbent on the Conservative government to ensure that as a citizen of Canada, Mr. Khadr is swiftly repatriated to Canada, where his case can be brought forward in a fair and impartial system that will respect his rights.

Our party’s position is long-standing and clear: the government must ensure Mr. Khadr’s rights as a Canadian citizen. I am calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to work with the Obama Administration to facilitate Mr. Khadr’s return to Canada on an urgent basis. 

The repatriation of Mr. Khadr would form Canada’s contribution to a full and final closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.


Ignatieff on Khadr

  1. But did young Mr. Khadr’s status justify torture ? I mean under Mr. Ignatieff’s finely tuned criteria ?

  2. Well, if we are to accept the little Omar is just a poor little innocent who evil people turned into a child soldier, then the ones who turned him into a child soldier are guilty of all his crimes.

    So when are we turning over his parents and grandparents over to the US so that they can stand trial?

    • The question is: do we follow through on UN conventions we have signed? Or do we merely obey them when it suits us. The US can at least plead global responsiblities. What’s our tawdry excuse. The kids innocence has nothing to do with it. Honour the law or have the guts to reputiate it. No! I thought not!

  3. I agree.
    If we could give Nazis fair trials after WWII without preceding them with years of torture, why not a teenager 50+ years later?

    • Well put!