President Bush Disease Fighting Africa

December 2, 2011 by staff 

President Bush Disease Fighting Africa, Former President George W. Bush began a visit to three African nations Thursday with the world’s largest human rights group calling for his arrest.

Amnesty International called on Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia – where Bush is traveling to raise awareness of cervical and breast cancer and HIV/AIDS – to detain the former president pending an investigation into his role in authorizing waterboarding of suspected terrorists held by the U.S. between 2001 and 2009.

“All countries to which George W. Bush travels have an obligation to bring him to justice for his role in torture,” Matt Pollard, a senior legal adviser for Amnesty International, said in a statement.

The London-based group said it “recognizes the value of raising awareness about cervical and breast cancer in Africa,” but that the aim of the Bush visit “cannot lessen the damage” to the fight against torture caused by the 43rd president’s actions.

The call is a continuation of a campaign by Amnesty International urging countries to arrest Bush for authorizing waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.

In October, Amnesty called on Canada to arrest Bush when he visited British Columbia for an economic summit. Bush cancelled a visit to Switzerland in February after human rights groups sought his arrest there.

The former president was in Tanzania on Thursday, where he joined President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton by satellite for a World AIDS Day commemoration. Obama praised his predecessor “for his bold leadership” in combating the disease.

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