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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:16 PM
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Scott Horton: UN Rapporteur Call To Initiate Proceedings Against Bush & Rumsfeld Now
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UN Rapporteur: Initiate criminal proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld now

By Scott Horton
http://harpers.org/archive/2009/01/hbc-90004250

In an interview on Tuesday evening with the German television program "Frontal 21," on channel ZDF Professor Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Rapporteur responsible for torture, stated that with George W. Bush's head of state immunity now terminated, the new government of Barack Obama was obligated by international law to commence a criminal investigation into Bush's torture practices.

"The evidence is sitting on the table," he stated. "There is no avoiding the fact that this was torture." He pointed to the U.S. undertakings under the Convention Against Torture in which the country committed that it would criminally prosecute anyone who tortured, or extradite the person to a state that would prosecute him. "The government of the United States is required to take all necessary steps to bring George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld before a court," Nowak said.

Manfred Nowak, an internationally renowned law professor at the University of Vienna, currently serves as an independent expert for the United Nations looking at allegations of torture affecting member states. In 2006, he undertook a special investigation of conditions at the U.S. detention facilities at Guantnamo in which he concluded that practices approved by the Bush Administration violated human rights norms, including the prohibition against torture.

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Law professor Dietmar Herz clarifies that under U.S. and international law, George W. Bush bears personal responsibility for the introduction of torture. From the point of his departure from office, head of state immunity terminates, and under clear principles of international law, the United States is obligated to commence a criminal investigation and then a prosecution.

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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:28 PM
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1. Maybe if EVERY country calls for * and Darth's head, we'll move on it. rec'd
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:58 PM
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2. Thank you world
we can not be party to torture. Send them to the Hague!
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:08 PM
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3. so if Obama/The US do nothing
can he be extradited by the International Court?
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