UN official: Bush, Rumsfeld should be pursued for torture

21st January 2009, Comments 2 comments

A top UN rapporteur says, 'Judicially speaking, the United States has a clear obligation’ to bring proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld.

Berlin -- The UN's special torture rapporteur called on the US Tuesday to pursue former president George W. Bush and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.

"Judicially speaking, the United States has a clear obligation" to bring proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said, in remarks to be broadcast on Germany's ZDF television Tuesday evening.

He noted Washington had ratified the UN convention on torture which required "all means, particularly penal law" to be used to bring proceedings against those violating it.

"We have all these documents that are now publicly available that prove that these methods of interrogation were intentionally ordered by Rumsfeld," against detainees at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nowak said.

"But obviously the highest authorities in the United States were aware of this," added Nowak, who authored a UN investigation report on the Guantanamo prison.

Bush stepped down from power Tuesday, with Barack Obama becoming the 44th president of the United States.

Asked about chances to bring legal action against Bush and Rumsfeld, Nowak said: "In principle yes. I think the evidence is on the table."

At issue, however, is whether "American law will recognise these forms of torture."

A bipartisan Senate report released last month found Rumsfeld and other top administration officials responsible for abuse of Guantanamo detainees in US custody.

It said Rumsfeld authorized harsh interrogation techniques on December 2, 2002 at the Guantanamo prison, although he ruled them out a month later.

The coercive measures were based on a document signed by Bush in February, 2002.

French, German and US rights groups have previously said they wanted to bring legal action against Rumsfeld.


2 Comments To This Article

  • Ed Joos posted:

    on 27th January 2009, 01:52:19 - Reply

    If the EU feels it wants to pursue this then every country in Europe must be punished for their treatment of colonial citizens. By the way I agree with Flying Tiger in general.
  • flying tiger posted:

    on 21st January 2009, 16:40:37 - Reply

    The United Nations should be wiped from the state of the earth. It is the most useless organization ever created. It has no bearing whatsoever on the furthering of peace or the betterment of mankind. Kofi Anan and his son stole billions of dollars in the food for oil deal. UN representatives are raping the people whereever they send them especially in Africa. Since Woeld War Two the world has been immeshed in wars and genicide and religious persecution. The only ones who try to stabalize the world is The United States. We have had to fight in Korea, in Vietnam, in Iraq twice, in Africa at various places and times and why, because the United Nations is nothing but a joke and has not the ability to even govern itself. It is a blight on the earth and it should be removed from The United States and the building impleded or turned int something useful such as a self-storage facility or a nice hotel on the East River. The UN is a center for the propagation of Bolshevism throughout the world and especially The United Statess.
    The UN wants to try President Bush for war crimes when the Un has caused more death on the earth than any organization since its inception. It has cost the world financially and an incredible amount so that it is impossible for any third world country to succeed in any way. The UN propagates an ideology of imperialism and colonialism to a greater extent than the British Empire could have ever hoped for. They betray their trust to the citizens of earth by manipulation of the countries of the earth and using disinformation to push their policy of Globalism and to make it even more sinister they are using the power of the United States through use of its traitors who occupy the Government of The United States and I mean both the republicans and the democrats and the biggest representative of bolshevism Obama.
    May the United Nations be destroyed, dissmembered to the extent that no memory could be had for eternity.
    Flying Tiger