Amnesty wants Canada to arrest Bush

2011-10-12 22:48

Ottawa - Amnesty International called on Canadian authorities on Wednesday to arrest and prosecute George W Bush, saying the former US president authorised "torture" as 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.

London-based AI 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 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.

Amnesty says Bush authorised the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" and "waterboarding" on detainees held in secret by the CIA between 2002 and 2009.

The detention programme 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 memorandum cites several cases of alleged torture of individuals detained at the Guantanamo Bay naval facility, in Afghanistan and in Iraq, by the US military.

  • Lizzee - 2011-10-12 23:00

    Baahaahhaaa!!!! Now this is funny... Why don't AI go ask Iraqis how they feel to not be under dictatorship rule anymore? To not be prosecuted for their faith or ethnic background?

      jjvz1989 - 2011-10-12 23:40

      The citizens of iraq did not deserve this war, sure they were under dictatorship rule but even now they are leaderless. i recently watched a documentary on the iraqi war from the perspective of an american soldier and the one said something true "every country should have the right to a civil war without the interference from other countries", it was just a matter of time before the iraqis would have done it themselves, a clear indication of this is the uprisings in egypt. the americans don't have the freedom of iraqia in mind their war is for their own selfish needs, they are there to ensure that the oil gets transported safely. Many human rights violations has taken place in this war like the Mahmudiyah killings and the killing of reuters cameramen because it seemed to the pilot of a helicopter that they were carrying rocket launchers and the resulting imprisonment of bradley manning. The difference between bush and hussein is the one did under the guise of democracy, the other did not. therefore bush is entitled to the same fate as hussein.maybe he shouldn't be hanged but he should be put on trial at least, as i believe "he tried to kill my daddy" is not a sufficient reason for war.

      BrixtonBriefcase - 2011-10-13 00:03

      Lizzee: Actually, there's nothing even the least bit funny about it. Last time I read anything reliable about Iraq, life there wasn't exactly a Sunday picnic through rose tinted glasses for it's people.

      V. Zela - 2011-10-13 06:24

      @BrixtonBriefcase Please let me know where you read anything reliable

      Jason - 2011-10-13 07:35

      careful canada, u might have nuclear weapons.. throw his a$$ in the canarie island volcano

      tk - 2011-10-13 09:10

      @jjvz1989: Only one problem with a dictator, they tend to be running a dictatorship with paranoia (deserved). With this they tend to murder people if they even talk negatively about them, make sure that their army's are very well paid and equipped. If the international community did not step in with the Libyan war the slaughtering done by Gaddafi on the general public would have been much worse. Egypt a rise-up was successful since it was not a dictatorship. I will not justify the Iraq war, and I will definitely not stand with Bush, but in the long run Iraq, imo, needed help. The precise course taken is, well, questionable. But, all said, I would LOVE to see Bush on trial. Even if it is just a way for the international community to see that every president can be held accountable for their actions. Even if it was in absentia, and Bush having an arrest warrant out if he ever left the US for the rest of his life... that would be a step in the right direction

      Illuminated - 2011-10-13 10:04

      tk please explain what slaughtering gadaffi did in lybia? all you do is turn on CNN and believe the propaganda without thinking for yourself.. like the women in Syria who was killed and brutally skinned so says the Americans and then suddenly appreared on TV alive and well. in any case nothing will happen to Bush, all so called independent international bodys like the UN, World Bank, IMF are controlled by the west, directly or indirectly

      Ebrahim - 2011-10-13 16:07

      Are u talking about Iraqis who lost approx 10 000 of their civilian families killed by US air force bombs. They must be a milllion times more forgiving than Mandela.

  • Kent - 2011-10-13 00:35

    Hang the son of a pig. He's responsible for the deaths of millions and deserves no better than a slow, painful death.

      Met - 2011-10-13 07:55

      If they arrest Bush, they must also arrest the SA government, also almost every government in Africa, Middle East, Far East.Maybe not a bad thing, but where will AI try them? While on that issue, I have a few questions about AI office bearers

      DSBennie - 2011-10-13 08:35

      Should point out that the iraq war was over in three weeks, most of the deaths have been as a result of an insurgency from Iranian supported factions

  • Mandla - 2011-10-13 01:09

    Bush will not be arrested simply because he was not a leader of an African state.

      Nibiru - 2011-10-13 06:26

      And rightly so

      Met - 2011-10-13 09:00

      True, apart from murdering, in Africa they steal, plunder and rape as well.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 09:25

      The USA roams around the world killing people at its choosing, exempt from the law, because the law is in the family. On some hunts for its victims, family members, like Britain, France, Italy, Canada and others, will join them in the hunt. That's exactly who they are in the west, a family of serial killers, exempt from the law. Of course, they don't see that because it is not comfortable for them. But outside the west, that's exactly what other people in the world see.

      Charles Kane - 2011-10-13 09:25

      Mandla makes a good point in the sense that the US government is far more untouchable than most others. Whether Bush should be personally be held accountable or not, we all know it will be near impossible to call him or any other US politician to order. The same goes of course for the leaders of other powerful countries like China, the UK and Russia. This is not to say that many African (and other) leaders should not be prosecuted. It is just unfortunate that the system doesn't catch ALL the bad guys.

  • Chillibean - 2011-10-13 03:02

    WHAT??? Well then, "Amnesty" must pop along and collect Mugabe as well.

  • mnbain - 2011-10-13 06:39

    Give him some orange pajamas :-)

  • Wormtongue - 2011-10-13 06:52

    Who would you rather have as a leader? Who would you rather arrest? Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinajad (Iran), Dullah Omar (Taliban), Mugabe, Ghadaffi, Hugo Chavez, Vladmir Putin. Or George Bush. Helloi Amnesty International, who exactly do you think you are kidding?

      Komasa - 2011-10-13 07:51

      Depends what religion you are and what colour you are.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 08:50

      George Bush anyday to be arrested. Your question should be addressed to the millions of brown people around the world who have firsthand experience of US foreign policy. Ask the Vietnamese,Nicaraguans, Cambodians, Indonesians, Chileans, Panamanians,Iranians, Palestinians, Congolese, Iraqis, Afghans, etc.

      Met - 2011-10-13 09:04

      And ask the Iranian actress who was sentenced to 90 lashes with the whip for acting

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 09:22

      All summed up by US president Roosevelt describing one of the worst Latin American dictators, Somoza of Nicaragua with the words - "Somoza may be a son of a b!tch, but he's OUR son of a bitch."

      Charles Kane - 2011-10-13 09:31

      Uhm... He must mean Mullah Omar. Why am I the only one who picked up that Wormtongue just fingered Dullah Omar as a member of the Taliban?

  • yaris 1 - 2011-10-13 06:59

    arrest him for sure the rat. he should be taken to the hague him and that cheney. they are as bad as the ss.

      Peregrine Fa - 2011-10-13 12:48

      and his bitch tony blair.

  • Libertador - 2011-10-13 07:00

    So concerned about indictments are the American powers-that-be that they have gone around the world using threats and bribes against countries to induce them to sign agreements pledging not to transfer to the Intl. Court US nationals accused of committing war crimes abroad. Just over 100 governments so far have succumbed to the pressure and signed an agreement. In 2002, Congress, under the Bush administration, passed the "American Service Members Protection Act", which called for "all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any US or allied personnel being detained or imprisoned by ... the International Criminal Court." In the Netherlands it's widely and derisively known as the "Invasion of The Hague Act". The law is still on the books. The only country that 'reportedly' made a move against Bush is Switzerland, and this made him cancel his visit there.

      Met - 2011-10-13 08:10

      Your hatred of the US and admiration for the oppressive murderous arab, African and communist regimes of China and the Soviet Union, is clearly clouding your judgement and "objectivity"I have asked you several times, but do you have an opinion yet on the Iranian actress, Marzieh Vafamehr, who was sentenced to 90 lashes in Iran for acting. Or the Christian pastor who was sentenced to death for his faith?

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 08:58

      Met, please don't criticise anyone for lack of objectivity. You are far from innocent of this yourself.

      Jan - 2011-10-13 08:59

      These che guevara fan boys are as thick as the earth's crust... you won't get through to them....

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 09:08

      I bow to no one for my dislike of American Imperialism. I am an African whose history was hijacked by western Imperialist and you expect me to be ok with this. You are a fool. What you haven't noticed as well is that your ilk have been telling brown people for centuries how to dress, eat, love, pray, etc. It has totally escaped your pea brain that as an African I have no business telling Iranians or Indians how to conduct their lives or culture. But you on the other hand feel entitled to dictate to other people and cultures how to lead their lives. Your are continuing what your great grand parents having been doing, being overlords over other people, no suprises there, but don't expect me to accept this rubbish.

      Met - 2011-10-13 09:10

      Jan- To be a left wing piece of ---, they think is fashionable and intellectual,not misguided and a useful and blinded fool, as the facts would show. Vark- your utterance does not justify a response.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 09:14

      @Daaivark I have to teach the concept of bias statements in information theory and gues what ? these kind of bloggs are so much fun to exemplify bias too teenagers!

      Met - 2011-10-13 09:36

      Would that be the "teenagers" at the ANCYL ? HaHa Haha

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 10:03

      OK Met, I will no longer comment on your peurile position. It is a complete waste of energy. I must, however compliment you on your verbal adroitness. You are very good. Not all that logical, but able to make comments that appear to be so. It is an admirable skill. You should consider a career in the ANC. Herewith I wash my lily white little hands of you.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 11:14

      There is nothing in your comments that warrants a serious effort to respond. Meanwhile, I advise a period of reflective silence for you.

      Red - 2011-10-20 20:30

      And what of the Bantu people who hijacked the history of the Khoi San? Imperialism is about taking land and making people subserviant I believe that would make the Bantu people just as much imperialists as any western regime. Get over yourself. History has always been about people wanting what other people have and taking it by force and no race, nation, ethnic group or even religion is exempt from those sins.

  • Stortkraan - 2011-10-13 07:35

    Why put "torture" in quotes. He is directly responsible for serious human rights violations. The world is a worse place because of George Bush. Just look at how your personal freedom has been reigned in over the last 10 years (FICA,RICA and all sorts of silly oppressive laws) And yes, those laws came from direct pressure from the US as a result of their war on freedom, ag I mean terror.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 08:00

      You mean the war OF terror.

      Met - 2011-10-13 08:13

      Do not allow yourself to become a useful tool(or fool) of dictatorships around the world. There are several admirers of these regimes on this blog.

      Stortkraan - 2011-10-13 08:35

      @Met. Disliking George Bush and thinking that he must face trial for authorizing torture does not mean I support other oppressive regimes. But in this case the facts are clear. GW and his henchmen like Dick Cheney personally authorized torture and detention without trial for terror suspects (Of which most turned out the be innocent) I'm sure you'll change your tune if they arrest you for some arb reason and start torturing you.

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 09:02

      Well put Stortkraan. I agree 100%. People seem unable to make that logical distinction and this leads to much unwarranted slandering. Mooi gestel.

  • Libertador - 2011-10-13 08:06

    The ex Viceroy of Britain should be charged as well.

      Met - 2011-10-13 08:50

      Charge the international criminal and terrorist, Mohamedinejad, socalled "president" of Iran

      Illuminated - 2011-10-13 10:23

      for what Met?

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 10:50

      Either your thinking is muddled or you have written this with the intention of deliberately deceiving readers.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-13 08:20

    Fact is he allowed US authorities to use torture, in moral terms it puts him in the same league as Saddam, Mad Dog Ghaddafi, Mugabe, Ahmedinajad and a host of others. They should all face justice.

  • Beannie - 2011-10-13 08:24

    Bolshie AI based in the UK trying to tell Canada what to do. This is just plain silly.

  • Malope - 2011-10-13 08:53

    That bloody war criminal must be hanged!

  • daaivark - 2011-10-13 08:55

    I find this very amusing, but from a slightly different angle to those I see in the few comments I have checked. How naive is Amnesty International to think that there's a snowball's hope in hell of Canada doing anything which might anger the US. This can only be an exercise in due diligence knowing full well that the US will hardly turn a hair. In saying this I in no way suggest that Bush is innocent. Far from it. But I think it is just naive to think that anyone is going to be able to do anything about it.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 09:13

      It's the principle that matters. Bush shall as such be defined as a war criminal. When future generations study history, they will learn that next to people like Hitler and Stalin stood other scums supposedly from free and democratic countries who murdered whole villages and pillaged other countries in the name of democracy.

      Met - 2011-10-13 09:27

      If there is any honesty, most of the war criminals (and common criminals) will come from Africa, arab,Eastern European, South Pacific communist states, the"utopias" of Venezuela,Cuba and other communist S and Central American states.Against these, GW, looks like a saint.These states are so filthy and corrupt, that almost any method to oppose them, to undermine them and where necessary, eliminate the criminals, is justified. And I say this knowing that GW is a member of the bohemian Society and the Scull and bones fratenity, both organizations which I despise with an intensity

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 09:47

      Ah, western exceptionalism, why didn't I think of that!

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 10:05

      Met.... Pfffft.

      Onnest - 2011-10-13 11:50

      @Met...shame, must be bad to be so dumb

  • Badballie - 2011-10-13 09:07

    Spot on Bush must be held accountable, AND TO LIZZEE your parents told you to stay in school so that you could get a decent education, but you wouldn't listen would you? now see where its gotten you! The war on Iraq had nothing to do with freeing its people which hasn't been done either. You display a double standard in saying that would make me very nervous about being anywhere near you, I'm sure your friends feel the same way.

  • USAMAH - 2011-10-13 09:32

    And while they're at, arrest his friends the Sauds as well.THe whole lot of tyrannical criminals!

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 10:32

      Saudi Arabia is one of the most favoured 'democractic and human rights observing' friends of the 'free world' in the middle east. It was through Saudi Tanks killing unarmed civilians that recently Bahrain has been saved ( and the fifth fleet).

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  • smore - 2011-10-13 10:25

    They must arrest bush yet numerous "War criminals" including our presidents are left to walk the streets and become presidents? What about Mugabe? because he isn't incharge of America but has killed, tortured and destroyed millions of lives he is left alone to continue with his antics? As for America killing so many people in this "war" you keep going on with. It is not America that keeps blowing people up. It is Iraq's OWN people. They have killed 100 x more than any of the Americans did. As for their torture... will one of you that sit and complain about it please go in the place of the American soldiers that the Taliban have captured? they don't torture them for information to try stop America. THEY KILL THEM!!! on TV!!! Where their family, friends, children can see them. If the Taliban don't like America being in Iraq then they should have thought about that before they attacked America. If Canada arrests Bush it will be the dumbest thing they ever did. Why don't they try sorting out some of the countries where people are dying every day because of bad leadership.

      Fred - 2011-10-13 11:45

      Like Americans did in Iraq under the leadership of Bush

  • johleneh - 2012-05-16 07:39

    Do any of you guys remember why America decided to go to war in Iraq (the official reason I mean) that HUGE document that they brought out saying that Iraq had numerous weapons of mass destruction and were building more each day? I read that document, not ONER sentence in it was true, they never did find anything... funny how these little "facts" are just forgotten....

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