Amnesty International is calling on authorities to arrest and prosecute former U.S. president George W. Bush over his alleged involvement in torture when he makes an expected visit to Canada.
The human-rights group says it has submitted a memorandum to Canadian officials that outlines the case for why Bush is legally responsible for human-rights violations that took place between 2002 and 2009.
According to Amnesty International, when Bush was president he authorized the use of “advanced interrogation techniques” on individuals held as part of a secret CIA detention program.
The techniques allegedly included sleep deprivation and “waterboarding”, a form of simulated drowning that human-rights groups describe as torture. Amnesty International says Bush admitted he authorized the use of waterboarding.
Bush is slated to speak at an economic conference in Surrey, B.C., on October 20.
“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 International spokesperson Susan Lee said in a statement released today (October 12).
“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.