Romeo Dallaire NMP'S Person Of The Decade

/ Saturday, November 6, 2010 /
After watching this video I felt almost proud to have been conceived on the same 3512524 square miles of land as Mr. Dallaire. 

At a February 2007 ministerial meeting in Paris, Canada and 58 other states endorsed the Paris Commitments to protect children from unlawful recruitment or use by armed forces or armed groups and the Paris Principles and guidelines on children associated with armed forces or armed groups. The documents reaffirmed international standards and operational principles for protecting and assisting child soldiers and followed a wide-ranging global consultation jointly sponsored by the French government and UNICEF. 

Meanwhile back at the jail Canada aided and abetted the prosecution of Khadr, openly contradicting the governments statements to the UN. Starting from the time that Canadian authorities first learned of the detention of a Canadian citizen at Guantanamo Bay through this week’s plea-bargain.
Mr. Khadr is both the youngest and the sole remaining detainee of a Western country at Guantanamo Bay. Under public pressure, the governments of Britain, Australia and other Western countries long ago secured the release of their nationals. 

Canada never asked for Khadr’s release: Not when as a child he was indefinitely detained without charge. Not when it became public knowledge that his US captors routinely practiced torture. And not when the US prosecuted him in violation of an international treaty on child soldiers that Canada has signed and sworn to uphold.

On the contrary, in 2003-4 Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

Earlier this year, Canada’s Supreme Court was forced to concede that Canada had violated Khadr’s constitutional rights when CSIS agents interrogated him knowing he had been “softened up” for them through sleep-deprivation torture.

Since 2000, both Canada and the U.S., along with more than 125 other state-parties to the Optional Protocol on Children in Armed Conflict, have provided millions of dollars in efforts to demobilize, rehabilitate and reintegrate former child soldiers and have consistently advocated for the elimination of the recruitment and use of children in war. Moreover, demobilized child soldiers are considered victims who were coerced into committing serious crimes by adults.

Are you still proud of that piece of land, that imaginary line in the sand that devised us and them, makes us so different and special, better even. Give me a break. For good or bad we're all humans and the clock is ticking till the next dominate species takes over and I like to wish them good luck.




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