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Political intervention stopped torture charges being brought against George W. Bush

October 24, 2011, Surrey, BC and New York, NY - After successfully lodging a private torture prosecution with a British Columbia court against former U.S. president George W. Bush as he visited Surrey for a paid speaking engagement, four torture victims have had their pursuit of justice blocked by the attorney general of B.C.

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Torture victims to initiate private prosecution against George W. Bush in Canada

Prominent Individuals and Organizations Sign on in Support

October 19, 2011, Surrey, BC - On Oct. 20, four individuals who allege they were tortured during George W. Bush's tenure as president of the United States will lodge a private prosecution in Provincial Court in Surrey, British Columbia, against the former president, who is due to visit Canada for a paid speaking engagement at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit on the same day. The four men will take this step after repeated calls to the Canadian attorney general to open a torture investigation of George Bush went unanswered. Human rights groups and prominent individuals will sign on in support of the effort.

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Anti-Cheney protesters stage sit-in and endure police harrassment

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Police escorted speech-goers into Vancouver and Calgary venues as protesters call for former U.S. VP's arrest.

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"Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future," said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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From Congo to Guantanamo: Omar Khadr, the invisible child soldier

From Congo to Guantanamo: Omar Khadr, the invisible child soldier.

Last week, when my teenage daughter came back from school, she proudly showed me her newly bought t-shirt. This t-shirt had an intriguing slogan: "The invisible children."

After asking her few questions and to my incredulous look, she told me the following: "An organisation from the U.S. came to our school and spoke to us about child soldiers in Congo and other African countries. This organisation is on a school tour in North America. It sells crafts and other items in order to help raise money that will be used to award these kids scholarships... Isn't that great?" She was very enthusiastic.

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Lawyers Rights Watch Canada: Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada for rehabilitation

The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Rhadhika Coomaraswamy, has called for the repatriation of Omar Khadr to Canada for rehabilitation because of his status as a child soldier at the time of the events leading to the current military tribunal proceedings.

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U.S. needs to close Guantanamo and give it back to Cuba

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This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet. This grim anniversary, and the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S and Cuba, serves as a reminder that we need to permanently close the prison and return the land to its rightful owners, the Cuban people. It is time to put an end to this dark chapter of United States history.

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