October, 22, 2011 - On Oct. 20, survivors who were tortured in US custody under the administration of former US president George W. Bush filed criminal charges against him in Surrey, BC where he came to speak at a business forum.
Under Canadian law, the government has both the right and the obligation to hold a torturer on its soil accountable. If the government were following its own laws, it would have supported the survivors by issuing an arrest warrant upon Mr. Bush’s arrival in Canada.
The survivors’ action comes on the heels of last month’s joint submission against Mr. Bush by the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the US-based Center for Constitutional Rights. The human rights organizations called on Canada’s attorney general to investigate Mr. Bush on torture charges in anticipation of his arrival in Surrey, and the groups provided the legal and factual basis for initiating a criminal investigation.
There was nothing but resounding silence from the attorney general. read more>>>