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Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Canada abandoned Omar Khadr as a child to a decade of torture and abuse in Guantanamo where he was "charged" and "sentenced" by a corrupt military commission ruled unconstitutional (2006) by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Canadian Supreme Court ruled (2010) that Canada had violated Omar Khadr's fundamental human rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and principles of fundamental justice;
  • Despite those Supreme Court rulings, when Omar Khadr was finally repatriated, he was subjected to incarceration in a Canadian maximum security institution and another 3 years in prison;
  • In 2015 Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada and International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group reviewed Canada’s obligations to Omar Khadr under the Convention against Torture. They found that Canada had contravened every aspect of our duties to Omar Khadr and our failure to prevent, investigate and punish the torture and ill treatment of Omar Khadr constitutes a continuing violation of his rights;
  • Throughout Omar Khadr’s 13 year imprisonment, Canada failed to provide him with legal aid or any resources to ensure legal representation as required by the UN Committee against Torture; and
  • It will soon be 2 years since Omar Khadr was released on bail, yet Canada has not fulfilled our legal and moral obligation to remedy such a shocking dereliction of responsibility.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to act immediately to offer Omar Khadr an official apology and award him appropriate redress and compensation.

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