Amnesty calls on Canada to arrest Bush

Published: October 13, 2011
Former US president George W. Bush speaks at the ceremony marking the opening of the Flight 93 National Memorial and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Shanksville, Pennsylvania September 10, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Former US president George W. Bush speaks at the ceremony marking the opening of the Flight 93 National Memorial and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Shanksville, Pennsylvania September 10, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

OTTAWA: Amnesty International called on Canadian authorities Wednesday to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush, saying the former US president authorised “torture” when he directed the US-led war on terror.

Bush is expected to attend an economic summit in Surrey in Canada’s westernmost British Columbia province on October 20.

In a memorandum submitted last month to Canada’s attorney general but only now released to the media, the London-based group charged that Bush has legal responsibility for a series of human rights violations.

“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 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 said.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney blasted Amnesty for “cherry picking cases to publicize, based on ideology.”

“This kind of stunt helps explain why so many respected human rights advocates have abandoned Amnesty International,” he said.

Kenney said it will be up to Canadian border officials to decide independently whether to allow Bush into the country.

Bush canceled a visit to Switzerland in February, after facing similar public calls for his arrest.

Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International’s Canadian branch, told a press conference the rights group will pursue its case against the former US president with the governments of other countries he might visit.

“Torturers must face justice and their crimes are so egregious that the responsibility for ensuring justice is shared by all nations,” Neve said.

“Friend or foe, extraordinary or very ordinary times, most or least powerful nation, faced with concerns about terrorism or any other threat, torture must be stopped.

“Bringing to justice the people responsible for torture is central to that goal. It is the law… And no one, including the man who served as president of the world’s most powerful nation for eight years can be allowed to stand above that law.”

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

The detention program included “torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (such as being forced to stay for hours in painful positions and sleep deprivation), and enforced disappearances,” it alleged.

Amnesty’s case, outlined in its 1,000-page memorandum, relies on the public record, US documents obtained through access to information requests, Bush’s own memoir and a Red Cross report critical of the US’s war on terror policies.

Amnesty cites several instances of alleged torture of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval facility, in Afghanistan and in Iraq, by the US military.

The cases include that of Zayn al Abidin Muhammed Husayn (known as Abu Zubaydah) and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, both arrested in Pakistan. The two men were waterboarded 266 times between them from 2002 to 2003, according to the CIA inspector general, cited by Amnesty.

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  • Rational Mind
    Oct 13, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Tony Blair should also be arrested as accomplice


  • Antanu
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:35PM

    he is the biggest terrorist alive with blood of millios of innocent peoples.he is worst than the monster called osama bin laden.


  • Faisel Hafeez
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:00PM

    George Bush, Tony Blair and their cronies should all be arrested and brought before the International Court of Justice for their crimes against Humanity.


  • Ishant
    Oct 13, 2011 - 7:34PM

    By that logic, every head of state should be arrested, they have all used these measures.


  • Oct 13, 2011 - 8:17PM

    Immigration Minister Jason Kenney blasted Amnesty for “cherry picking cases to publicize, based on ideology.”

    Speaking of ideology, Amnesty International seems to forget that it’s a majority Conservative government in Canada. The Harperites are Neo-con lite.

    Of course they have contempt for the International Community. They would probably award a medal to Bush instead.


  • Bangladeshi
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Even if its symbolic and is for show I appreciate this step by amnesty international. Calling for the arrest of war criminal Bush is one of the few good things it has done in its history.

    @Ishant We all know you indians love and always defend Bush since birds of the same features flock togethe. The indian war crimes in kashmir in the past 60 years can only be matched by the likes of bush &co.Your PM monmohan singh famously said that ” indians love you” to bush when he visited India in 2006. Indians & israelis are the only people that defends bush war crimes so passionately & still rant about democracy & secularism.


  • FAZ
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:38PM

    I cant understand why the American public doesnt give a thought to the fact that this guy wasted so much money (money matters to them more than innocent blood) on a war based on finding WMD. Where are the WMD’s??


  • Ishant
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:53PM

    @Bangladeshi(so you say)

    “you indians love and always defend Bush”

    we also loved and defended you in 1971, didn’t we?


  • MarkH
    Oct 14, 2011 - 5:35AM

    This is dead before it even gets off the ground so it’s a little funny and hard to take seriously. What makes it more funny is that it’s a request for Canada to do it. If you actually believe there’s a slight chance Canada would put itself in such a position, you’re insane.


  • MAD
    Oct 14, 2011 - 10:33AM

    I dont think he should be arrested. Given his mental level he deserves to be locked up in a mental asylum for the rest of his life and labelled and incurable psychotic.


  • Mirza
    Oct 15, 2011 - 9:02AM

    George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and their cronies should be tried in an international court of justice. Henry Kissinger can already not go out of the USA as many European countries have his arrest warrants. Every accused should see their day in court and if proven guilty, must be punished. Islamist apologists and fanatics, please make a note of it, that I do not compromise on principles and do not blindly favor criminals.


  • Adrian
    Oct 15, 2011 - 12:16PM

    but what about the oranges bush bought for the Canadians in Ottawa?


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