Omar Khadr


Canadian citizen Omar Khadr was 15 years old when he was captured in 2002 in Afghanistan by the United States Army. He was detained at the Bagram base and then at Guantánamo for more than eight years, where he was allegedly subjected to abusive treatment, including allegations of torture. His status as a minor under international law was not considered either for his conditions of detention or for the "trial" he underwent before a military commission applying exceptional rules in violation of the principles of a fair trial. Following negotiations between the prosecution and the defence, conditioned by a justice system that flouted international standards, an agreement was signed and Khadr pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him.

LWBC's involvement in the Omar Khadr case began in September 2008 with the mobilization of the legal community to repatriate the young citizen to Canada. It prepared and publicly disseminated a 22-point statement demonstrating why no valid legal arguments supported the view that Omar Khadr's repatriation could not be requested.

The organization's involvement in the case was consolidated in the fall of 2009 when the coalition formed by LWBC was authorized to act as an intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Canada v. Khadr. The interveners argued in the submission that Omar Khadr's repatriation order was a fair and appropriate remedy under Canadian law as interpreted in light of international law. LWBC also participated, as an international observer, in the military commission hearings at which Omar Khadr's plea was presented and his sentence imposed in November 2010

Since its intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada on November 13, 2009, LWBC has been frequently called upon by the national media to provide legal insight into the proceedings in the Omar Khadr case in both the United States and Canada.

You can watch an interview that Pascal Paradis, LWBC's Executive Director, gave in 2017 to Anne-Marie Dussault on the 24/60 show here (in French).

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