Amnesty should arrest Bush during visit to Canada

Amnesty International Canada has said the federal government should arrest former U.S. president George W. Bush when he visits British Columbia next week. Bush is expected to attend an economic summit in Surrey, B.C., on October 20.

London-based Amnesty made a case for Bush’s legal responsibility for a series of human rights violations in a memorandum submitted last month to Canadian authorities but only now released to the media.

Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former president Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture, Amnesty’s Susan Lee said in a statement.

As the U.S. 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 said.

Amnesty, backed by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, says Bush authorized the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and “weatherboarding” on detainees held in secret by the Central Intelligence Agency between 2002 and 2009.

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