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ICC prosecutors focus on Canada

ICC prosecutors focus on request for investigation of Canada's 'complicity in torture' & CIA extraordinary renditions

Canada's controversial policies of transferring Afghan detainees over to the danger of torture by other nations and Canada's alleged participation in the Central Intelligence Agency's extraordinary rendition program are now being formally examined by the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Prosecutors have confirmed that they are considering a 28-page request for a formal ICC investigation into Canada's alleged violations since 2002 of The Rome Statute, which prohibits torture and complicity in torture under international law. 

The request, with more than 250 attached documentations, was submitted by decorated Vietnam veteran and human rights activist John McNamer of Kamloops, B.C., in November 2013.

A representative of the Office of the Prosecutor told McNamer in a May 19 email that they have assigned a file number to his request and will let him know when they have made a decision, including reasons for the decision.

McNamer said he is pleased that prosecutors are "taking a good look at evidence of Canada's longstanding and widespread contempt for legal obligations forbidding torture and complicity in torture. 

Canada's legal and law enforcement authorities have been willfully blind on this for years, even though all Canadian officials and military personnel are fully obligated to obey all aspects of The Rome Statute, which strictly forbids torture and complicity in torture."

Links to McNamer's full ICC request and all attached documents can be found HERE:


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