Individuals who accuse the US government of torturing them filed a complaint against the Canadian government at the UN this week.
They say that Canada should have arrested credibly accused war criminal George W. Bush when the former US Commander-in-chief visited Canada last October.
In the year 2000 Canada enshrined the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act which is ostensibly aimed at preventing Canada from becoming a safe haven for war criminals. However the law has never been enforced on credibly accused war criminals such as Benjamin Netanyahu and George W. Bush who are afforded police protection when they visit Canada.
Prior to Bush’s controversial October 2011 speaking engagement Amnesty International issued the following advisory.
Amnesty International today urged Canadian authorities to arrest and either prosecute or extradite former US President George W. Bush for his role in torture. . . Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former President Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture.
Critics contend that the Harper government affords impunity to the protagonists of the “war on terror” because Canadian politicians themselves stand accused to complicity in torture and other war crimes. In late 2008 the Harper government amazed many when they shut down Canada’s parliament, analysts believe, to avert discussion of the mounting evidence of Canadian complicity in torture.