Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: London Guantánamo Campaign bringing Dennis Edney QC, lawyer of Canadian former Guantánamo child prisoner Omar Khadr to UK for speaking tour on 12-20 March 2014

The London Guantánamo Campaign [1] will host Dennis Edney QC [2] from 12-20 March 2014 for a speaking tour. The Scottish-Canadian lawyer will be raising awareness about his client, former Guantánamo child prisoner Omar Khadr [3], who remains incarcerated in Canada.
The speaking tour [4] which includes 10 engagements in London and York, at universities and with organisations such as Amnesty International, will raise awareness of the various legal issues surrounding Khadr’s case.

Aisha Maniar, a spokesperson for the London Guantánamo Campaign, says, "Omar Khadr’s case demonstrates the flagrant violations of international law committed at Guantánamo Bay by the US and its allies, including Canada. His ordeal did not end upon release in September 2012. As we see now in the UK, stigmatisation through having been held at Guantánamo can lead to further persecution and harassment. 

“The purpose of this tour is to raise awareness of Omar Khadr’s ongoing persecution in Canada, which is a member of the Commonwealth. It is also to demonstrate the support of the British public for Omar Khadr, his lawyer Dennis Edney and the advocacy he does in difficult circumstances, and ultimately the rule of law.”

Dennis Edney QC will be available for interviews.



1. The London Guantánamo Campaign was set up in 2006 and campaigns for justice for all prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, for the closure of this and other secret prisons, and an end to the practice of extraordinary rendition. http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.com     

2. Born in Scotland, Dennis Edney graduated in law in 1987 from the University of Northumberland. He practices in the areas of constitutional and criminal law. In 2004, he was appointed foreign counsel for Omar Khadr’s military commission hearing. He has acted as counsel in a number of key cases before both the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Gerald Galt Human Rights award by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He has lectured extensively on human rights.

3. For more information about Omar Khadr, please see http://freeomarakhadr.com/factsheet/

4. Full details of events held with the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, the Campaign against Criminalising Communities, Veterans for Peace UK, Amnesty International UK and at University College London, University of Westminster, Birkbeck College, the London School of Economics, Queen Mary’s University of London and the University of York are available at http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/12-18-march-2014-lgc-speaking-tour-with.html  

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