Lecture 12 March: Omar Khard and the Betrayal of International Law

Wednesday 12 March 2014, 6.30pm

Omar Khadr and the Betrayal of International Law

At Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A

Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, 27, was 15 years old when he was captured by the US military in Afghanistan in 2002. He was taken to Bagram, where he was tortured, and then on to Guantánamo Bay, where he is the only person since WWII to be convicted as an adult of war crimes committed as a minor under a secret plea bargain. He returned to Canada in September 2012 where he remains in prison, and until recently at a maximum-security facility. His lawyers have recently launched an appeal against his US conviction and the Canadian government for breaches of his constitutional rights.

Dennis Edney QC, Khadr’s Scottish-Canadian lawyer, will talk through the legal issues surrounding Omar Khadr’s unique case and the gross abuses of his human rights and international law by both the US and Canadian governments.

The event will be chaired by Professor Bill Bowring, President of the European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH); International Secretary, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. Jointly organised by CAMPACC, the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the London Guantánamo Campaign.

The event is free and all welcome! For information contact: secretary@haldane.org