Link: When rule of law is subservient to rule of man (Canada and America’s treatment of Omar Khadr)

When rule of law is subservient to rule of man (Canada and America’s treatment of Omar Khadr)

‘Rule of law is better than rule of man’, Plato had reportedly once said. Islamic jurisprudence recognised the supremacy of law as a prerequisite for good governance. Western democracies consider rule of law as the foundation of democratic governance. Last month, Canadian-born Omar Khadr — the youngest Guantanamo prisoner and the youngest ever to be accused of war crimes — was transferred to the Edmonton Institution in Alberta, Canada, a maximum security prison. This classification significantly decreases his chances for parole. And it is yet another illustration of the cruel and inhuman nature of the treatment meted out to Khadr by his US captors and by the government of his own country.

A courtroom drawing of Omar Khadr at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2008 (Janet Hamlin/AP).

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