Irresponsible partisanship is muddying what should be a point of pride for Canada on the world stage.
Ms. Siskind is the President of Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR). In this capacity, she manages the board of directors as well as numerous volunteers within the Canadian legal community and law schools across Canada. She is also Prosecution Counsel for Tarion Warranty Corporation and is the former Senior Policy Advisor for Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services where she provided advice and direction on policy concerning public safety and policing in Ontario. Previously, she has worked for Canada’s Department of Justice on criminal and immigration matters, including war crimes and national security cases. Internationally, she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2001 where she was involved with appeals concerning both the Yugoslav conflict and Rwandan genocide and participated in the drafting of the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, where she addressed the issues relating to the concept of prosecuting heads of state, comparing the cases of Senator Pinochet and Slobodan Milosevic and has spoken on a number of panels concerning international criminal law, genocide and terrorism. She lives in Toronto and has a BA from Simon Fraser University, an LL.B from the University of Ottawa, and an LL.M from the University of Toronto, where she completed a dissertation that proposed an internationally acceptable definition for terrorism. She has published in the area of international criminal law and terrorism.
No matter how detestable Canadians may find Omar Khadr, leaving him imprisoned in Guantanamo is not the answer.
Over the past year, the country has made great strides in the area of human rights, but there have also been some major setbacks.