US groups seek apology for Arar

Some human rights and religious groups in the United States are asking US President Barack Obama to officially apologize to Maher Arar, CBC News reported. US officials detained Mr. Arar in New York in 2002, and deported him to Syria alleging he had terrorist links. The National Religious Coalition Against Torture in Washington, Amnesty International USA and the Center for Constitutional Rights submitted a petition with 60,000 signatures to the White House on May 21. While Canada has apologized for the way Mr. Arar was treated, the US has not yet done so.

Published: Wednesday, 05/23/2012 12:00 am EDT

Some human rights and religious groups in the United States are asking US President Barack Obama to officially apologize to Maher Arar, CBC News reported. US officials detained Mr. Arar in New York in 2002, and deported him to Syria alleging he had terrorist links. The National Religious Coalition Against Torture in Washington, Amnesty International USA and the Center for Constitutional Rights submitted a petition with 60,000 signatures to the White House on May 21. While Canada has apologized for the way Mr. Arar was treated, the US has not yet done so.

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