Amnesty urges Canada to arrest Bush II

Amnesty International has urged Canadian authorities to arrest and prosecute former US President George W Bush, for his authorization of torture practices in the US-led war on terror.

“Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former president Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture,” AFP quoted Amnesty’s Susan Lee as saying in a statement released on Wednesday.

Bush is expected to attend an economic summit in Surrey in Canada on October 20.

“As the US authorities have, so far, failed to bring former president Bush to justice, the international community must step in. A failure by Canada to take action during his visit would violate the UN Convention against Torture and demonstrate contempt for fundamental human rights,” Lee added.

Amnesty has accused Bush of authorizing the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and “waterboarding” on detainees held in secret by the Central Intelligence Agency between 2002 and 2009.

Amnesty’s memorandum cites several cases of alleged torture of individuals detained in Afghanistan and in Iraq at Guantanamo Bay by the US military.

( / 12.10.2011)

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