The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear arguments about the legality of the American military prison at Guantanamo where Canadian citizen Omar Khadr is being held. The high court ruled yesterday that it would consider submissions on whether Guantanamo violates international law and dismissed objections by the Canadian government that the courts of Canada were not the place to examine actions of the United States.”In essence,” said Canada’s government, “the respondent(Khadr) wants the court to preside over a trial of the Guanatanamo trials. The Court shold refuse this invitation.”
In essence, the Spreme Court of Canada has a responsibility to convey to the United States the objections of all democratic nations of the world that its judicial system is violating international law and should get back on track by adhering to the Constitution of the United States and protect rights of all people to fair trials. There is no question the Bush administration has violated international law and, hopefully, every supreme court in the world will let it know the international community strongly objects.