Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Collision: A Study of the Case of Omar Khadr, a Child Soldier Detained at GuantanamoEmerging Issues in International Humanitarian Law
Start Date3-2-2012 11:15 AM
End Date3-2-2012 12:45 PM
DescriptionOmar Khadr, age 15 and a citizen of Canada, was given emergency medical care for near-fatal gun-shot wounds and taken into custody by U.S. forces in Afghanistan on July 27, 2002. U.S. military forces had been in that country since October of 2001, only a month after the devastating attacks on the United States of September 11. Omar Khadr was, without doubt, a child on the date of his detention and all prior dates of his alleged criminal conduct. He was, however, caught up on that July day in a prolonged military encounter with deaths on both sides including, very nearly, his own. Some would thus first characterize him not as a child but as a combatant – “child soldier” is the term most often applied in such situations, but the more neutral “child in armed conflict” is generally used here.
Citation InformationRichard J. Wilson. "Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Collision: A Study of the Case of Omar Khadr, a Child Soldier Detained at Guantanamo" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/richard_wilson/26/