Press release written by ICLMG and Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada
The Committee against Torture issued its Concluding Observations on Canada on May 31. The hearing on Canada was held in Geneva May 21-22. Among the issues the Committee reviewed was Canada’s treatment of Canadian Omar Khadr during his ongoing detention at Guantánamo prison. Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen, captured in at age 15 in Afghanistan by the US in 2002 and imprisoned since in Bagram and Guantánamo Bay prisons.
Submitted by ICLMG and endorsed by the Canadian Association of University Teachers
The ICLMG submits that certain Canadian policies, practices and cases contravene multiple provisions of the “Convention Against Torture”. In this respect, we request the Committee to take note of the following information which we urge the committee to use in formulating questions, comments, observations and recommendations when Canada’s 6th Report comes up for its S.19 examination during May 2012.