Omar Khadr remains behind bars in a maximum security prison in Edmonton, Alberta. The Ombudsman for Federal Prisons has stated that Omar does not deserve to be in maximum security. He was a child caught up in an adult war, wounded by U.S. soldiers and falsely accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American combatant. Since then, he has been incarcerated, mistreated and abused not only by the U.S. government, but by the Canadian government and CSIS.
The Government must stop playing politics with Omar’s life and rights as a Canadian citizen. We must raise our collective voices and demand justice for this young man now. Every day that he remains in prison is one too many.
Text of Petition:
To: Government of Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Minister Steven Blaney, Public Safety Minister
Mr. Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada
Omar Khadr is the only child since WWII to be convicted of war crimes.
It is a travesty of justice that for the last 11 years, this child caught up in an immoral adult war, has been abused and tortured at the hands of the U.S and CSIS, with the approval of the Canadian government. In fact, the Canadian government continues to malign Omar’s character in order to deny him his rights as a Canadian citizen.
In 2008 Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that Ottawa was complicit in the abuse of Omar Khadr’s Charter Rights when it participated in the torture of its citizen in Guantanamo. The mental abuse by Canadian interrogators (CSIS) and the breakdown of this Canadian child in Guantanamo is recorded in the documentary ‘You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days inside Guantanamo’.
Mr. Sapers, the Ombudsman for Federal Prisons, has recently blasted the Canadian government’s unfair classification of Omar as a maximum security prisoner, stating “The OCI has not found any evidence that Mr. Khadr’s behaviour while incarcerated has been problematic and that he could not be safely managed at a lower security level … I recommend that Mr. Khadr’s security classification be reassessed taking into account all available information and the actual level of risk posed by the offender, bearing in mind his sole offence was committed when he was a minor.”
In April, the former Public Safety Minister Vic Toews rejected a request for a prison interview with Omar by the Canadian Press Agency even though the warden approved it — an example of extraordinary political interference.
I demand that the government stop abusing the rights of this Canadian citizen and free Omar immediately.
Free Canadian Citizen Omar Khadr Now!