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Omar Khadr Letter to Canadian Goverment

Let us help our brother Omar Khadr to get out of his U.S. imprisonment.
If you live in Canada, please send this letter to the following people, and make sure to put your name and address otherwise its not as effective.

to:
[email protected]
cc:

The last contact address on there is the MPP for Mississauga East, you can put your own MP instead

Letter courtesy Obama Letter from Omar Khadr Project


Dear
Prime Minister of Canada, Right Hon. Stephen Harper
CC Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Cannon
CC Minister of Justice, Hon. Rob Nicholson
CC Liberal Leader of the Opposition, Michael Ignatief
CC Leader, New Democratic Party, Jack Layton
CC Liberal MPP, Missisauga East, Albina Guarnieri

Omar Khadr is a 22-year-old Canadian citizen who was detained by the United States at the age of fifteen and has been held in Guantánamo since 2002. He is currently facing charges under the Military Commissions Act for acts alleged to have occurred when he was a minor. He is the only citizen of a NATO-allied country still in detention at Guantánamo Bay, and to date he has spent 2,355 days in US custody without trial: nearly one-third of his life.

Given his age at the time of his detention, Omar should have been afforded the special protections to which children are entitled under both US and international law. Regrettably, he has been denied almost all of these protections. Omar was subjected to prolonged periods of solitary confinement as a minor, was never separated from adult detainees in Guantánamo Bay, and was not allowed to speak with a parent for the first five years of his detention. Moreover, since the Military Commissions have no special due process or sentencing procedures to deal with youth offenders, Omar is being tried as an adult.

Omar has also provided detailed accounts of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment during his detention, which include descriptions of severe sleep deprivation, prolonged detention in stress positions and short shackling, and the denial of medical treatment for very serious gunshot wounds. These accounts are consistent with admissions made by Omar’s interrogators, reports by the FBI and independent investigations by the United Nations. That such credible allegations of mistreatment have been raised by any detainee in US custody should be cause for serious concern. The fact that they have been raised by a child makes them that much more shocking. Clearly, this situation requires prompt attention.

The coming weeks mark a decisive turning point in Omar’s case. On January 26, 2009, Omar’s trial before the deeply-flawed Military Commission is scheduled to begin. Out of deference to the close ties between our two countries, the Canadian government has maintained that it will not ask for the repatriation of Omar while a judicial process is ongoing under the jurisdiction of the United States. It is therefore imperative that the US act first.

As such, we call on you to immediately take the necessary steps to prevent further violations of Omar’s rights and to afford him the protections to which children in armed conflict are entitled – namely, that Omar be promptly withdrawn from the jurisdiction of the Military Commissions Act and repatriated to Canada for rehabilitation and disposition within the Canadian justice system.

Respectfully yours,

My Name

Stuck in the middle of nowhere and need your help

Our brother Omar, you might not know him, but he is your brother and my brother. We need to help him.

Incase you don’t know, is stuck somewhere with the Americans. And he is outside of the legal boundaries of the court system. He is not being treated well. They are using sleep deprivation, and all sorts of horrible things to him. We need to do this. Remember, if we cannot change something, our duty is at least to YELL at people doing bad. (I don’t mean yell literally, but you get my drift, let them know that they are responsible and need to do something)

The timing is good because Obama is promising to close Guantanamo, so there is a lot of pressure on our government already. As well, Maher Arer he managed to get out of his grave-like torture cell (where cockroaches and vermin used to sleep with him and cats used to urinate on him) first by the permission of Allah, secondly because his wife pressured the Canadian government to bring him home. Those in power have authority and we need to PUSH them. At least you have something to say like “Prime Minister Dude, get a life, he’s only 15 when he was arrested, BRING HIM TO CANADA FOR A FAIR TRAIL” or somethign of that matter.

PS i hope you dont mind if i add you to my personal list

Here are some news articles on this topic

http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/574190 – Khadr’s lawyers had tried repeatedly to have this week’s hearing delayed so as not to end on the government’s evidence if Obama stops the trial.

http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/574190/ – Omar would have agreed to seeing the Pope in Afghanistan if it would get him out of being tortured

This article mentions that Omar was also interrogated by the same people who killed the innocent taxi driver, they are referring to our brother Dilawar (you can watch a full video on him online)

**please forward widely**

CALL PRIME MINISTER HARPER TODAY!

Ask to leave a message, they’ll switch you to a voicemail service, be prepared to leave a clear, short message, such as: “Repatriate Omar Khadr Home!” or “Omar Khadr is a child soldier. Get him out of Guantánamo.” Feel free to state your name and city of residence and/or phone number.

CALL HARPER TODAY:613.992.4211

Also call and leave messages for:

Justice Minister- Rob Nicholson- 613-995-1547 **Mackay says any changes will be made by Nicholson

Minister of Foreign Affairs- Lawrence Cannon- 613-992-5516

Minister of Defence- Peter Mackay- 613-992-6022

Don’t be afraid to bother them, and encourage all of your friends and family to leave a message as well!

http://www.bringomarhome.ca/

9/11 Families Protest Gitmo trials

Two dozen family members of Sept. 11 victims signed a letter Wednesday saying they don’t believe in the fairness of the military trials of five men charged with orchestrating the 2001 terrorist attacks.

9/11 families protest Guantanamo trials – article on MSNBC

To my brother Dilawar

I never met you but I love you for the sake of Allah.

Picture of Dilawar when he was arrested

Dry the tears of yours face, they can hurt you no longer. You are now in flowing rivers and palaces in the forgiveness of your Lord. It was only 5 days of pain, but now you are the winner.

To your family, I give you glad tidings, that it was only 5 days he suffered, but now he is in true happiness. Don’t be sad, but be happy, Allah chose to take his soul and he will be of those without any reckoning, insha-Allah.

Dilawar was an innocent taxi driver who was handed over to the Americans on suspicion of terrorism but never received a trial but instead died while being interrogated by American Troops. He left behind a father, brother, wife, and one daughter. I learned about him from this Oscar winning documentary that I watched called “Taxi to the Dark Side (full video)” (1 hour 20 minutes long). This video shows how from the very highest levels of U.S. government they allowed the torture to take place. The frontline troops are merely pawns in the big game of power and control that the American elite are playing. The troops are very much replaceable, and they are the very ones who were punished for what happened. However, the ones who signed the orders for the torture, they were not held to account for their war crimes.

Tim Golden writes about Dilawar here: In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghans Deaths, and he is interviewed in the movie as well.

Allah says in Surah Rahman,

41: The Mujrimun (polytheists, criminals, sinners, etc.) will be known by their marks (black faces), and they will be seized by their forelocks and their feet.
42: Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?
43: This is Hell which the Mujrimun (polytheists, criminals, sinners, etc.) denied.
44: They will go between it (Hell) and the boiling hot water!
45: Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?
46: But for him who [the true believer of Islamic Monotheism who performs all the duties ordained by Allah and His Messenger Muhammad SAW , and keeps away (abstain) from all kinds of sin and evil deeds prohibited in Islam and] fears the standing before his Lord, there will be two Gardens (i.e. in Paradise).

Salam alaykum ya shaheed