When is a child soldier not a child soldier?

Roméo Dallaire sees language change as shift away from international obligations.

Laura Payton
Published: Wednesday, 09/02/2009 12:00 am EDT

When Omar Khadr was captured in 2002 and accused of throwing a grenade that killed one US soldier and wounded another, he was 15 years old. Over the intervening seven years, human rights activists and legal experts have argued his case falls clearly under international conventions designed to cover child soldiers.

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