During his illegal and immoral detention Khadr's lawyers won 5 cases in the Supreme Courts - 3 in the US, 2 in Canada, all in one way or another agreeing that Canada and the US signed a treaty, The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which clearly says "all children under the age of 18 captured while fighting in wars are to be offered “special protection” and treated as victims, not as combatants. “Khadr never should have been brought to Guantanamo. He was a child of fifteen at the time he was captured, and his subsequent detention and prosecution for purported war crimes was unlawful, as was his torture by U.S. officials,” The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Baher Azmy said, calling Khadr’s case “one of the ugliest chapters in the decade-long history of Guantanamo.”
Regardless of the court rulings, America, Canada, and NATO believe they have the right to invade any country they want, and expect the inhabitants to roll over and do nothing. If anyone actually fights back, they arrest them, torture them, then charge them with terrorism. Omar Kadhr, after eight years of psychological and physical torture, pled guilty at the Guantanamo military commission. Eight years of hell for allegedly defending himself from US soldiers who were doing their best to kill Afghan civilians.
Every Canadian and American should realize they have the same rights as Omar Khadr, none. Rights, constitutional rights, aren't just for when it's convenient, it's when times get tough that Canadians and Americans like to think they have 'rights' to support them. They don't. The sad and embarrassing case of Omar Khadr is probably not over yet for the Canadian government. Omar Khadr, like Maher Arar, has the right to sue Canada for damages because of its complicity in his detention and torture. He has the right to demand immediate release because the GITMO military kangaroo court that sentenced him was/is totally illegal by all international conventions.
Omar Khadr will be a free man soon. Hopefully, because he was a child soldier, Canada will fulfill its obligation to provide the rehabilitation and counselling due to him under international. law. WELCOME BACK [Omar] KHADR!!