Thursday, April 23, 2009

Omar Khadr v. Stephen Harper




G&M : "The ongoing refusal of Canada to request Mr. Khadr's repatriation to Canada offends a principle of fundamental justice and violates Mr. Khadr's rights,” Judge James W. O'Reilly O'Reilly said in his 43-page decision.
"To mitigate the effect of that violation, Canada must present a request to the United States for Mr. Khadr's repatriation as soon as practicable."


OMAR AHMED KHADR Applicant
v
THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CANADIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE Respondents


I am satisfied, in the special circumstances of this case, that Mr. Khadr’s rights under s. 7 of the Charter have been infringed. I will grant his request for an order requiring the respondents to seek his repatriation from the United States.


[9] First, on detention, Mr. Khadr was “given no special status as a minor” even though he was only 15 when he was arrested and 16 at the time he was transferred to Guantánamo Bay.

[10] Second, Mr. Khadr had virtually no communication with anyone outside of Guantánamo Bay until November 2004, when he met with legal counsel for the first time.

[11] Third, at Guantánamo Bay, Mr. Khadr was subjected to the so-called “frequent flyer program”, which involved depriving him of rest and sleep by moving him to a new location every three hours over a period of weeks.
Canadian officials became aware of this treatment in the spring of 2004 when Mr. khadr was 17, and proceeded to interrogate him.


63] The CRC [Convention on the Rights of the Child] imposes on Canada some specific duties in respect of Mr. Khadr. Canada was required to take steps to protect Mr. Khadr from all forms of physical and mental violence, injury, abuse or maltreatment. We know that Canada raised concerns about Mr. Khadr’s treatment, but it also implicitly condoned the imposition of sleep deprivation techniques on him, having carried out interviews knowing that he had been subjected to them.

And Steve's rebuttal?
"Speaking in the Commons, Mr. Harper said his government is simply following the same policies of the previous government and will consider an appeal of the ruling."

Coming soon to the Commons : Con complaints that "activist judges are upholding the rule of law in Canada" .

h/t Waterbaby for the cas
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2 comments:

Chunklets said...

"The CRC [Convention on the Rights of the Child] imposes on Canada some specific duties in respect of Mr. Khadr."

I do believe that that one sentence sums up the entire Khadr situation nicely!

Alison said...

Yes it surely does.

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