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Omar Khadr’s letter to his lawyer Dennis Edney

 

Dear Dennis:

Letter Omar Khadr to Dennis Edney

I’m writing to you because sometimes there are things you can’t say, but rather write on paper, and even if I were to tell you you won’t understand. So anyway here are the things:

First: About this whole MC [Military Commission] thing we all don’t believe in and know it’s unfair and know Dennis that there must be somebody to sacrifice to really show the world the unfairness, and really it seems that it’s me. Know Dennis that I don’t want that, I want my freedom and life, but I really don’t see it coming from this way. Dennis you always say that I have an obligation to show the world what is going on down here and it seems that we’ve done every thing but the world doesn’t get it, so it might work if the world sees the US sentencing a child to life in prison, it might show the world how unfair and sham this process is, and if the world doesn’t see all this, to what world am I being released to? A world of hate, unjust and discrimination! I really don’t want to live in a life like this. Dennis justice and freedom have a very high cost and value, and history is a good witness to it, not too far ago or far away how many people sacrificed for the civil right law to take affect. Dennis I hate being the head of the spear, but life has put me, and as life have put me in the past in hard position and still is, I just have to deal with it and hope for the best results.

Second: The thought of firing everybody as you know is always on my mind so if one day I stop coming or fire you please respect it and forget about me, I know it is hard for you. Just think about me as a child who died and get along with your life. Of course I am not saying that will or willn’t happen but its on my mind all the time.

Dennis. I’m so sorry to cause you this pain, but consider it one of your sons hard decisions that you don’t like, but you have to deal with, and always know what you mean to me and know that I will always be the same person you’ve known me and will never change, and please don’t be sad and be hopeful and know that there is a very merciful and compassionate creator watching us and looking out for us and taking care of us all, you might not understand these thing, but know by experience they have kept me how and who I am.

With love and my best wishes to you, and the family, and everybody who loves me, and I love them back in Canada, and I leave you with HOPE and I am living on it, so take care.

Your truly son,

Omar

26 May 2010 at 11:37am

P.S. Please keep this letter as private as can be, and as you see appropriate.

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PRESS RELEASE | Omar Khadr: Canada in Breach of multiple International Human Rights obligations, including Convention against Torture and Convention on the Rights of the Child

May 15, 2012

For Immediate Release

On May 21-22, 2012, the United Nations Committee against Torture will review Canada’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Convention against Torture to prevent, punish and remedy the torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of Canadian Omar Khadr during his ongoing detention at Guantánamo prison. In a report to the Committee against Torture, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (CLMG) state that Canada was both a direct participant and indirectly complicit in the torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of Mr. Khadr by his U.S. captors.Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen, born 19 September 1986 in Toronto, Ontario. He was 15 years old when he was wounded and captured by U.S. troops on 27 July 2002 during a 4-hour U.S. ground and air attack home near the village of Ayub Khey, Afghanistan. Khadr was imprisoned at Bagram, Afghanistan until October 2002 and has subsequently spent a period approaching ten years at the detention and interrogation facility at Guantanamo, Cuba. During his detention, Khadr was given no special status as a minor, which made him a child soldier and a victim of war crimes under international law. He was interrogated without counsel on at least two occasions while he was still a minor by Canadian officials who knew he had been subject to torture, including sleep deprivation and prolonged solitary confinement. Canadian officials then illegally provided the results of those investigations to his captors while denying him access to his own statements.

The Canadian government has also failed to take any steps to prevent or remedy US crimes against Khadr including torture and other ill treatment, nine years of arbitrary detention without trial, denial of habeas corpus, denial of access to counsel, denial of access to an independent tribunal, conviction under retroactive laws, conviction based on confessions extracted by torture, and non-disclosure and falsification of evidence.

Mr. Khadr, now 25, has long been the only Western prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre not repatriated by his home country. He has been eligible to return to Canada since October 2011 under terms of a plea bargain struck in 2010, but the Canadian government has not repatriated him, nor has it taken any steps to remedy numerous breaches of Khadr’s Constitutional rights, in defiance of repeated findings of the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

LRWC and CLMG recommend that Omar Khadr be immediately repatriated, have equal access to and the equal protection of Canadian and international law and access to remedies for the violations of his rights and that Canada establish a Commission of Inquiry into the actions of Canadian officials in relation to the capture, detention and treatment of Mr. Khadr.

The Committee’s review of Canada, which is scheduled to take place May 21-22 in Geneva, can be watched live at: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/

Find a copy of the report at:

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/docs/ngos/LRWC_ICLMG_Canada_CAT48.doc

For interviews or more information, contact:

Gail Davidson, LRWCTel: +1-604 738-0338

Email: lrwc@portal.ca

Website: www.lrwc.org

 

Gavin MagrathTel: 416-931-0463

Email: gavin@magrathoconnor.com

Magrath O’Connor, 73 Richmond St. West, Suite 306, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5H 4E8

Roch Tassé, CLMGTel: +1 613 241 5298

Email: rocht@iclmg.ca

Website: http://iclmg.ca/

Source: http://www.magrathoconnor.com/2012/05/omar-khadr-canada-in-breach-of-multiple-international-human-rights-obligations-including-convention-against-torture-and-convention-on-the-rights-of-the-child/