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.
The London-based group charged that Bush has legal responsibility for a series of human rights violations
in a memorandum submitted last month to Canada’s attorney general
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.
A spokesman for the Canadian government was not immediately available for comment.