Why is UNICEF pushing to free Omar Khadr???
I'm starting to lose my respect for UNICEF....
The case against Khadr at the U.S. military tribunal in Guantanamo is adjourned until Nov. 16 while U.S. President Barack Obama decides how to proceed with Khadr and 200 other prisoners there. Obama has vowed to shut down the controversial prison at the military base in Cuba..
Coomaraswamy, the UN's top advocate for child soldiers, has been pushing for the U.S. to stop Khadr's trial and release him, arguing his age at the time of the alleged incident makes it a unique case.
"The UN position is that children should not be prosecuted for war crimes," she said.
Coomaraswamy has argued child soldiers are victims who should be rehabilitated rather than jailed. She proposed working with an organization like UNICEF Canada to create a rehabilitation program for Khadr to reintegrate him into society.
She said the UN and UNICEF Canada have been pushing both Ottawa and Washington to free Khadr, the only Western citizen still being held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay