Wearing my activist boots

As per my Shock Doctrine-related political action assignment from my friend Carl, I’ve written a letter about the situation of Omar Khadr, the Canadian teenager in Guantánamo Bay.

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am writing to ask that you demand the release of Omar Khadr from Guantánamo Bay.

I am appalled that Canada would allow another country to arrest a Canadian child, detain him without access to counsel, torture him, and imprison him indefinitely. I don’t imagine you would want your own children to be treated in this manner, and I certainly hope mine could expect better protection from our government.

Even if Omar Khadr is guilty, he deserves a fair civilian trial. Yet while other countries have secured the release of their citizens from Guantánamo Bay, we have done nothing.

I find the Canadian government’s inaction shameful, and I hope you will make every effort to secure Omar Khadr’s release immediately.

Tanya Kyi

Do you think I need to mention that Kyi is a Burmese name, and that Burma is not in the Middle East?

Let me know. And if you’d like to copy and paste any of the above text into your own letter, please feel free. There’s also a form e-mail on the Amnesty International site.

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