Dallaire Defends Khadr

Published: Wednesday, 05/14/2008 12:00 am EDT

Appearing before the House Subcommittee on International Human Rights Tuesday, Liberal Senator Roméo Dallaire said that if Canada doesn't act to protect human rights in the case of Omar Khadr, the country is no better than terrorists. Mr. Dallaire, the Globe and Mail reported, told MPs that Mr. Khadr is a victim and a child soldier who should not be tried by what he called an illegal court. Mr. Khadr was 15 years old when he was captured by American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and flown to Guantanamo Bay prison where he faces murder charges. "The minute you start playing with human rights, with conventions, with civil liberties," Mr. Dallaire said, "you are no better than the guy who doesn't believe in them at all."

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