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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rights groups filed Canadian indictment against Bush for torture
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On September 29, 2011, two rights organizations filed an indictment [PDF] against former US president George W. Bush with the Canadian Department of Justice for allegations that he commissioned a torture program during his time in office. The indictment was the second of the year; the first was filed in Geneva, Switzerland. In October 2011, however, the Attorney General for British Columbia blocked the lawsuit, prompting outcry that failure to proceed with the lawsuit violated international law.

Signing of the Military Commissions Act

Learn more about George W. Bush from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the Canadian AG's decision from Guest Columnists Matt Eisenbrandt and Katherine Gallagher on JURIST Hotline.

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