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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch demand arrest of George W Bush

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch demanded the arrest and prosecution of former president George W. Bush before his appearance at an economic summit in Surrey, British Columbia on October 20th.

The advocacy organizations have called on Canadian federal authorities to arrest Bush due to the “overwhelming evidence that Bush and other senior administration officials authorized and implemented a regime of torture and ill-treatment of hundreds of detainees in US custody.”

Though both advocacy groups called for Bush’s extradition, The Vancouver Sun reports that the Canadian government has no intention to comply with the demand, saying the organizations were “engaging in cheap stunts.”

Amnesty is standing firm, saying in their statement that the former President “authorized the use of use of a number of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ against detainees held in [a] secret CIA program torture during saying that torture is a violation of basic human rights and constitutes a violation of international criminal law.”

Susan Lee, Americas Director at Amnesty International, called the opportunity for arrest “a crucial moment for Canada to demonstrate it is prepared to live up to its…obligations with respect to human rights…and must now demonstrate that…no one…is above international law.”

[Huffington Post]

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One Response to “Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch demand arrest of George W Bush”

  1. […] to countries that have ratified an international treaty banning torture, Reed Brody, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch […]


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