Amnesty International calls for arrest of Bush for 'torture'
By Antonio Carlos Lacerda
JOHANNESBURG / SOUTH AFRICA - Former U.S. President George W. Bush is accused of having authorized torture methods in the United States under the slogan of the "war on terror" in 2000.
The human rights organization Amnesty International asked three African countries to detain George W. Bush during his next visit, accusing him of "crimes" and "torture."
Bush will travel December 1-5 to Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia, as part of a tour to promote health programs, mostly based on the fight against brain cancer and breast cancer.
In a statement, Amnesty International says it has "sufficient evidence in the public domain, emanating from U.S. authorities and George W. Bush himself, to ask to Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia to open an investigation into the alleged responsibility for acts of torture and to guarantee his presence during the investigation."
Bush is accused of having authorized torture methods in the United States under the slogan of the "war on terror" in 2000. "All countries that George W. Bush travels to have an obligation to present him to face justice connected with his role in torture," said Matt Pollard, legal adviser for Amnesty.
In October, Amnesty took the same initiative before a trip of the former U.S. president to Canada for a conference. Ottawa then accused Amnesty of "moral bankruptcy," degeneration and politicization." In February, Bush canceled a visit to Switzerland, after similar requests.
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