OTTAWA—Liberal Senator Roméo Dallaire issued the following statement today to mark the 10th anniversary of Omar Khadr’s capture and incarceration:
“Today marks the 10th anniversary of Omar Khadr’s capture—a Canadian citizen and former child soldier. During his decade at Bagram and Guantánamo Bay, Mr. Khadr’s rights have been consistently violated. He has been denied the right to due process and a fair trial, the right to protection from torture and the rights afforded to him under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“After years of inertia, Canada finally agreed to Mr. Khadr’s return in 2010, as long as he served one additional year in Guantánamo. That year has passed, and yet the transfer request continues to gather dust on Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews’ desk, awaiting his signature.
“I have started a petition calling on the Minister of Public Safety to authorize Mr. Khadr’s repatriation. More than 30,000 people have signed thus far and I encourage all Canadians to add their voice to this cause.”
Liberal Leader Bob Rae added:
“It has been 10 years since Omar Khadr’s capture. And today marks another day in the continuation of the Conservative government’s failure to protect Mr. Khadr’s rights as a Canadian citizen. The prime minister and the government need to show Canadians that they respect human rights and are willing to do the work to protect them. The government must fulfill its obligation to bring Omar Khadr back to Canada. Too much time has passed without action.”
To sign and view the online petition, please visit here.