Outrage over Canada’s compensation for former Guantanamo child soldier is misguided

More than two years after he was out on bail, Khadr is engaged to be married and attending a private Christian university. Like many juveniles (including child soldiers) who have transitioned successfully into mainstream society, Khadr has shown every sign that his past is behind him.

Khadr remains to date the only child soldier who has been prosecuted for war crimes since World War II. At the time of his trial in front of a sham US military tribunal, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, asserted that “Child soldiers must be treated primarily as victims and alternative procedures should be in place aimed at rehabilitation or restorative justice”.

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