Instead of carping about troop levels in Afghanistan Prime Minister Harper should surely be doing something about Canadian citizen Omar Khadr who was arrested there in 2002 as a mere child of 15 and has been held without trial for over 5 years at Guantanamo Bay in a clear breach of the UN Convention On The Rights Of The Child.<br><br>Art 9 provides that "a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will, except when competent authorities subject to judicial review determine, in accordance with applicable law and procedures, that such separation is necessary for the best interests of the child."<br><br>By Art 11 "parties shall take measures to combat the illicit transfer and non-return of children abroad." and at Art 19 requires Harper to "take all... measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation,..."<br><br>Art 37 requires Harper to ensure that:<br><br>(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age;<br><br>(b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time;<br><br>(c) Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age. In particular, every child deprived of liberty shall be separated from adults unless it is considered in the child's best interest not to do so and shall have the right to maintain contact with his or her family through correspondence and visits, save in exceptional circumstances;<br><br>(d) Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt decision on any such action.<br><br>Harper, get on with it.<br><br>km<br><br>
Yeah, it didn't take long for all the "rule of law" stuff to go out the window after everything started to hit the fan some years back did it? And western countries held themselves in such high regard for upholding the Geneva Convention and their own laws when other "baser" countries ignored them.<br><br><br>We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
This is what happens when you sell your souls to devils (Bush- Cheney)... <br><br>I wonder how fast the Republicans will change their tune about Homeland info and snooping and FISA, if a Dem gets the WH ??<br>Bunch of sorry hypocrits <br><br>This is one thing I hope Obama or Hillary shutds down immediately !! illegal data mining !! and unwarranted taps !<br><br>David (OFI)
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>it didn't take long for all the "rule of law" stuff to go out the window...<p><hr></blockquote><p> That's right - everyone goes on about needless UN measures against Iran whilst conveniently ignoring the one that says we're not supposed to be torturing children.<br><br>km<br><br>
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