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A Decade in Detention for Former Child Soldier

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 3:20 PM

Today marks a decade in U.S. custody for Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who is Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner. Even though he has been eligible for transfer back to Canada for almost nine months pursuant to his October 2010 plea deal, he is still detained at Guantánamo. Khadr is the only...

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While Manning Languishes in Military Custody, U.N. Calls for Accountability for Torture

(54) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 6:47 PM

Friday in Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Council, comprised of 47 nations, adopted a long list of over 200 recommendations of policy changes needed to bring the U.S. into compliance with its human rights obligations. The council's recommendations came out of the first-ever comprehensive review of the United States'...

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The Victims

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 4:56 PM

Yesterday was an emotional day of testimony from widow Tabitha Speer and Omar Khadr. As a reminder, on Monday, Khadr pled guilty as part of a plea agreement to all of the charges against him, including throwing a grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer eight years ago. We are...

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Government Witness Claims Gitmo Radicalized Child Soldier

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 2:41 PM

Since Omar Khadr's guilty plea this Monday, the case has moved into the sentencing phase, and a panel of senior military officers has been hearing testimony about mitigating and aggravating factors. Khadr's actual sentence is capped under the plea bargain agreement, the terms of which have not been disclosed...

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Escape from Guantánamo by Plea Deal

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 11:17 AM

Yesterday, Canadian detainee Omar Khadr pled guilty to all five charges against him, in an 11th-hour plea deal that averted the scheduled resumption of his military commission trial. Imprisoned since his capture in Afghanistan at age 15, Khadr has spent a third of his life in U.S. detention.

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Khadr Accepts Plea Deal, Trial Averted

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 5:04 PM

Earlier today, Omar Khadr pled guilty to all charges against him, averting a full-blown military commissions trial that was slated to restart today. A sentencing hearing will commence tomorrow. (But like Ibrahim al-Qosi before him, his actual sentence — reportedly one more year at Gitmo, and seven more to...

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U.S. Race Record Demands Action

(12) Comments | Posted March 21, 2008 | 6:05 PM

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, annually observed since 1966 to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre of young South African students peacefully protesting apartheid laws. It's a fitting occasion to examine recent international attention to racism in the U.S.

On Tuesday, the same day...

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