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On February 7, 2011, the ninth anniversary of the day former president George W. Bush decided the Geneva Conventions did not apply to so-called “unlawful combatants,” CCR released a Bush Torture Indictment. The Indictment provides a strong factual and legal basis to hold Bush accountable--in any of the 147 countries which have ratified the Convention Against Torture (CAT)--for having authorized torture . Learn about it, tell others, and help us build pressure to secure accountability for torture by top U.S. officials.
The Bush Torture Indictment is based on two criminal complaints that were to be filed on February 7 in Switzerland on behalf of two torture victims, with the support of CCR and allied groups, in advance of Bush’s planned trip to Geneva on February 12 to speak at a charity gala. There are more than 2,500 pages of supporting material, and CCR obtained the suport of two Nobel Peace Prize winners, more than 60 NGOs, and two former UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture and on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. Swiss law requires the presence of the torturer on Swiss soil before a preliminary investigation can be opened.
In a victory for our efforts to make sure torturers know they are not above the law, and that there are no safe havens, Bush canceled his trip to Switzerland to avoid facing the possibility of prosecution. We will make sure the Bush Torture Indictment is waiting for him wherever he travels next.
Watch Bush admit he authorized torture and say he would do it again in this televised interview on NBC:
Support CCR’s work to hold U.S. officials accountable for torture and war crimes by learning about it and telling others. Learn more about the Bush Torture Indictment by visiting CCR's case page. Also learn about our other efforts in Germany, France, and Spain to hold U.S. officials accountable for torture around the world by visiting CCR’s page on accountability. The U.S. government has so far failed to comply with its obligations to investigate and prosecute torture, but together we can ensure torturers are held accountable.