Human Right Watch (HRW) has called on US President Barrack Obama to investigate allegations of detainee abuse authorized by former US President George W. Bush. The Obama administration has failed to meet US obligations under the Convention against Torture — to investigate acts of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees, Human Rights Watch said. The 107-page report presents substantial information warranting criminal investigations of Bush and senior administration officials for ordering practices such as “waterboarding,” the use of secret CIA prisons, and the transfer of detainees to countries where they were tortured. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch said there are solid grounds to investigate them for authorizing torture and war crimes. President Obama has treated torture as an unfortunate policy choice rather than a crime. His decision to end abusive interrogation practices will remain easily reversible unless the legal prohibition against torture is clearly re-established. Human Rights Watch said if the US government does not pursue credible criminal investigations, other countries should prosecute US officials involved in crimes against detainees in accordance with international law. Mr. Roth said the US has a legal obligation to investigate these crimes. He stated that there should be no double standards on issues of human rights abuses, citing the US call for justice in Sri Lanka. It claimed in a report published on its website that overwhelming evidence of torture has surfaced obliging current President Obama to order a criminal investigation into the allegations. It added that the US was right to call for justice in other countries. However, there should be no double standards as the shielding of its own officials makes it easier for others to dismiss global efforts to bring violators to justice.
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