Former U.S. President George W. Bush will not travel to Geneva on Feb. 12, according to reports in the Tribune de Genève. This cancellation comes amid what were launched to protest calls and discussed possible legal action against the former president. Friday, February 4, Amnesty International wrote to the federal prosecutors Geneva and a detailed factual and legal analysis concerning the criminal responsibility of George Bush in the torture it would have allowed. The organization concluded that Switzerland had enough information to open a criminal case against former U.S. president.
Under its international obligations, Switzerland would be required to take such action if George Bush came into its territory.
The organizers of the event was to attend George Bush told the Tribune de Genève they had decided to cancel his trip because of the "controversy" it has caused. They denied that the possible opening of an investigation into former U.S. president has weighed on their decision.
Amnesty International has repeatedly urged U.S. authorities to investigate the responsibility of the U.S. officials in acts of torture, and especially George Bush, and renewed his request after the publication of his memoirs in November 2010.
The United States refrained from conducting investigations likely to review adequately alleged criminal responsibility of the former president for these actions, and everything suggests they will not.
"So far, we have identified a small number of military investigations on detentions and interrogations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo. But none had the scope or independence to investigate senior officials such as former President George Bush, said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International.
"In addition, there was virtually no obligation to account for crimes committed in the secret detention program operated by the CIA, in which George Bush, then president, had given its approval.
In all countries of the world where he went, especially in the 147 States Parties to the UN Convention against Torture, it can be investigated and prosecuted for his alleged responsibility in the torture and crimes under international law.
'The U.S. having far refrained from translating George Bush to justice, the international community must intervene, "said Salil Shetty.
Yet we have Obama, Sarkozi , Ban Ki Moon Choi, and the so called international community leaders ordering the killings of civilians under the disguise of humanitarian interventions openly breaching all the basic laws of human right...or even as we can see in Ivory Coast supervising genocide with no condemnation and law suit....what a blunt double standard worthy of the mafia attitude....