Wed Jan 29: The Truth About Omar Khadr

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Wednesday, January 29th – 7pm-9pm (UCC Room 67, Western University– Free Parking available at Huron College)

The Truth About Omar Khadr

Documentary: You Don’t like the Truth

Omar Ahmed Khadr (born September 19, 1986) is a Canadian citizen convicted for war crimes He was one of the youngest captives (15 years old) and the last Western citizen to be held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. In October 2010, he pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to his charges. He accepted an 8-year sentence, not including time served.  Khadr was the first person since World War II to be prosecuted in a military commission for war crimes committed while still a minor. His conviction and sentence were widely denounced by civil rights groups and various newspaper editorials.

You Don’t Like The Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo is an award winning 2010 documentary. The film focuses on the recorded interrogations of Canadian child soldier Omar Khadr, by Canadian intelligence personnel that took place over four days from February 13–16, 2003.

Following the documentary showing, Professor Michael Lynk will be discussing Omar Khadr’s issue from a Canadian Human Rights perspective. 

Professor Lynk joined the Faculty of Law at Western in 1999. He has taught constitutional law, labour law, Canadian human rights law, and has won awards for his teaching. Prof. Lynk has written widely on labour law and human rights law. Prior to joining the Faculty, he served as a vice-chair on the Ontario Public Service Grievance Board, and worked with the United Nations in the Middle East on refugee and human rights issues.

Sponsored by: Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Amnesty International Western University

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