Watch CCR and HRUSA argue for accountability for Bush war crimes

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As the atrocities of the Bush administration continue to be exposed, it is critical now more than ever to keep up the pressure and demand accountability from the high-ranking officials responsible for torture and war crimes.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), a pan-American body dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, conducted a hearing about accountability for U.S. human rights violations at the request of CCR and the World Organization for Human Rights USA. On Friday, March 20, 2009 CCR President Michael Ratner argued that U.S. officials must be held accountable for human rights violations. Watch the video of the hearing at the IACHR website.

CCR and HRUSA argued that the Commission should:

  • Issue official recommendations to the United States to engage in criminal investigations and prosecutions for torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment;
  • Reform laws that prevent the victims of U.S. policies from learning the truth about these abuses; and
  • Make reparations to victims of human rights abuses committed by the U.S. government.

In addition to the IACHR hearing, which further demonstrates the need for prosecutions of Bush administration officials, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) compiled an extensive confidential report that was leaked to journalist Mark Danner. The ICRC report exposes the systematic use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment against detainees in secret CIA "black sites." Using information from the report, Danner compellingly exposes the "enhanced interrogation techniques" for what they are - brutal crimes authorized at the highest levels of the Bush administration.

Also in the news, former vice president Dick Cheney, once again justified the criminal conduct of the Bush administration and called for the resumption of his programs in an interview with CNN this week. Cheney participated in the so-called Principals Committee meetings that authorized torture and war crimes, and has repeatedly and openly defended the use of torture, including waterboarding. CCR's 100 Days campaign offers actions, tools and resources to hold war criminals like Cheney accountable for torture and other human rights abuses.