Should Omar Khadr stay in prison ?

by blackie27 on February 3, 2015 - 5:42pm

This article was published on January 31st, 2015 by the Calgary Herald in the city of Calgary in Alberta. Essentially, this article tries to give to pros and cons of a possible bail that would give limited liberty to an individual called Omar Khadr. The later who is now 28 years old was accused 13 years ago by the USA of a war crime committed in Afghanistan. The accusations were based on evidences that he had thrown a grenade that killed one US soldier and a medical personal. Khadr was kept for 10 years in the prison of Guantanamo (Cuba) without being officially found guilty. Should a Canadian be kept in a US prison and be deprived of the most basic human rights guaranteed to all Canadian citizens? In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty in order to avoid facing life in prison. He is now serving in an Alberta prison since 2012 and could be released after serving a sentence in 2018.

The dilemma to grant bail to Omar Khadr is argued around two basic questions. Most people agree that this individual who committed this war crime while he was under radical Islamic beliefs should be kept to rot in prison for life as he remains forever a threat to society. On the other hand, a minority believes that an individual who was 15 years old at the time of the crime should not have been treated so harshly when he was sent to prison for 10 years before his faith was decided. He, as a Canadian was violated the most basic standards of justice including the Charter and the international human rights law.     


Work cited:

 “Omar Khadr should be free on bail.” Calgary Herald 31 January 2015: A21. Canadian

       Newsstand Major Dailies. Web. 1 February 2015.


It was very wise of you to bring up this topic, because of the huge disagreement amongst the people in Canada. You clearly show the problem at hand and display to the reader a perfect problem that we need to address. The subject on Omar Khadr is a massive ethical dilemma simply because people naturally want to feel safe in their country, but the release of Khadr could conflict with those ideals. However, Khadr is clearly seen to be target of harsh punishment, according to our constitution and Charter of Human Rights as you said.

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