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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: USA / Guantanamo: Omar Khadr to face trial by military commission

25 Apr 2007
Region: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Topic: Fight Against Terrorism and Human Rights
Reacting to the charges brought against Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, Amnesty International said:
“The treatment of Omar Khadr over the past five years xemplifies the USA’s disregard for international law in the ‘war on terror’. Unless the US authorities bring him to trial in a civilian court, taking full account of his age at the time of any alleged offences, he should be returned to Canada.”

Amnesty International reiterates its call to the US authorities to bandon trials by military commissions and to bring any prosecutions of Guantanamo detainees in the ordinary civilian courts. Anyone who is not to be tried in full accordance with international standards should be released.

Background Information
Canadian national Omar Khadr is accused of offences committed in the armed conflict in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old. Instead of taking his age into account when US authorities took him into custody in 2002, as they were obliged to do under international law, they subjected him to years of indefinite detention without charge in Guantanamo.

Omar Khadr, who has alleged that he has been ill-treated in Bagram and Guantanamo, was one of 10 detainees to be charged for trial by the earlier military commissions struck down as unlawful by the US Supreme Court in 2006. Omar Khadr has now been charged for trial under the Military Commissions Act, under procedures that fail to comply with international law and standards.

For further information, please see: USA: Justice delayed and justice
denied? Trials under the Military Commissions Act

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510442007 (For information on Omar Khadr and the issue of children, see pages 25-26).

AI Index: AMR 51/078/2007
25 April 2007

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