What Are the Facts About Omar Khadr?
- Omar Khadr was born on September 19, 1986 in Toronto, Canada.
- At age 10, Omar Khadr moved with his family to Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
- On July 27, 2002, at 15 years of age, Omar Khadr was captured by the US military in Afghanistan after a battle where he was severely wounded.
- Omar Khadr was held and interrogated for over two years without being formally charged. 1
- He was officially recognized by the United Nations as a child soldier in 2010. 2
- He was the first child condemned for war crimes since the Nuremburg Tribunal defined the concept after WWII. 3
- He remains the youngest person, and the only Western citizen, detained in Guantanamo Bay.
Violation of Rights
- Omar Khadr was subjected to extreme interrogation techniques, criticized by various human rights organizations as torture. 4
- His treatment was found by the Federal Court of Canada to constitute a clear violation of fundamental human rights protected by international law. 5
- The Supreme Court of Canada has twice ruled unanimously that Canada violated the constitutional rights of Omar Khadr. 6
- In 2010, having maintained his innocence for 8 years, Omar Khadr agreed to change his plea to guilty in exchange for a cap on his sentence to 8 additional years (no credit for the 8 years already served), and commitments from the American and Canadian governments that he would be returned to Canada in November 2011 to serve out the remainder of his sentence. 7
- It has been almost two years since his conviction, and Omar Khadr still remains in Guantanamo Bay. The transfer papers, already signed by the US, are sitting on the desk of the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews. Omar Khadr has kept his end of the deal. Now we must hold our government accountable to do the same.