Viral petition! Bring Omar Khadr home to Canada | The Children's Human Rights Network Blog | 18 Jul 2012 | Amnesty International UK

Viral petition! Bring Omar Khadr home to Canada

Canadian Senator Dallaire's petition for Minister Toews says: Enough is enough. Canada must keep its word — and Minister Toews must authorize Omar Khadr’s return without delay. A deal is a deal.

Please sign and join over 18,000 others who want to bring Omar home.

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/minister-toews-bring-back-omar-khadr-from-guantanamo-bay

Background:

Omar was captured at the age of 15 in Afghanistan, making him a child in a war zone - or a child soldier (the image here is of him at that age).  He was tortured at Bagram, and his statements were used against him in later interrogations in Guantanamo. 

Omar Khadr is one of the youngest Guantanamo detainees, and the first minor to be charged for war crimes since WWII, when the rules surrounding minors in conflict were made.  The facts of his involvement in these crimes are disputed.  He pleaded guilty in exchange for an eight year sentence, which he has now served.  He has been held in solitary confinement since he agreed to his plea deal.

We will be posting a printable letter in the coming days for you to print out and send to the Canadian government.

No child should have been in Guantanamo in the first place, let alone for eight years - please help bring him home.

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