Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Add your voice to a petition to bring Omar Khadr back to Canada.

As the Executive Director of Never Again International - Canada, a NGO dedicated to peace and human rights, I call upon the Canadian government to facilitate the immediate repatriation of Omar Khadr.

In a country known for its human rights record, the manner in which the case of Omar Khadr is being delayed is abhorrent.

Omar Khadr has been tried and incarcerated for an action for which he is not supposed to be internationally held criminally responsible.

Under the terms of a diplomatic plea deal that was negotiated in good faith, Canadian citizen Omar Khadr should have been repatriated to Canada. The lack of action on behalf of the government displays a fundamental lack of ethics. As a Canadian citizen and child soldier, Canada has a moral obligation to ensure that Omar Khadr is rehabilitated and reintegrated. If this case involved the prime minister’s own son or daughter, I question whether such a delay in justice would be prolonged. This calls into question the credibility of a government that refuses to respect human rights and international law and take action on an issue of fundamental importance.

When it comes to human rights, the Canadian government has an ethical and moral obligation to ensure Omar Khadr’s immediate return back to Canada.

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