Outgoing SRSG Radhika Coomaraswamy calls for Omar Khadr’s repatriation to Canada

New York, 27 July 2012 – SRSG Radhika Coomaraswamy, who leaves office at the end of this month, reiterated her call to Canada and the United States to make arrangements to transfer Omar Khadr from Guantanamo to Canada as was agreed in October 2010. Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured, marks a decade at Guantanamo today.

“Omar Khadr was a child soldier and our experience around the workd clearly indicates that a system focusing on rehabilitation is far better suited for these children who have been exploited and abused by adults. Transferring him to Canada for proper reintegration is the right thing to do,” said SRSG Coomaraswamy.

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