Amnesty International called on Canadian authorities Wednesday to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush, saying the former U.S. president authorized “torture” when he directed the U.S.-led war on terror. Bush is expected to attend an economic summit in Surrey in Canada’s westernmost British Columbia province on October 20.

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

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


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  1. It should be noted for the record that waterboarding specifically was called out as one of the war crimes for which Japanese officers were tried and convicted at the war crimes trials in Japan in the 1940s…..