“Omar Khadr was a child soldier and our experience around the world clearly indicates that a system focusing on rehabilitation is far better suited for these children who have been exploited and abused by adults,” asserts Radhika Coomaraswamy, who finishes her term as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the end of this month. She called upon the Canadian as well as US Governments to transfer Mr. Khadr to Canada, as was agreed in October 2010. Mr. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002 – when he was 15 years old – for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier. He is purportedly the last ‘child soldier” still held at Gitmo. “Transferring him to Canada for proper reintegration is the right thing to do.” Read - "Guantanamo Stories - an American Tragedy".
The US has been accused by various UN Human Rights officials, experts and Rapporteurs of violating both US and international law in its conditions and rule of law treatment of those held at Gitmo. See our Blog for Film: “US Blocking Access to Detainees”. Also Read:“UN Human Rights Chief: ‘Guantanamo Entrenched’”
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