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www.huffingtonpost.com/...arar/why-is-canadian-child-sol_b_67774...11 Aug 2010 – Why is Omar Khadr being tried by a military court if the government is certain he was the one who threw the grenade? Don't they have trust in ...
Omar Khadr is the first convicted child soldier since World War II. His conviction came at an end of a shameful military trial where not a single basic principle of transparency and justice was followed and where the torture and abuse Khadr endured was simply brushed away.While acknowledging his Charter rights were violated, the federal court stopped short of forcing the federal government to ask the United States to return Khadr back to Canada.
This trial concluded eight long years, during which both Liberal and Conservative Canadian governments refused vehemently to repatriate him home.
The U.S. president decided that "it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of section 404(a) [Child Service Prevention Act] to Chad, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to Sudan, and to Yemen." This means that the U.S. will continue to work with and potentially provide aid to these four countries known for their use of underage soldiers.
"What the president has done is basically given everybody a pass for using child soldiers," said Jo Becker, the children's rights director at Human Rights Watch.