In February 2011, former US President George W. Bush cancelled a public appearance in Geneva. Newspaper reports suggest the trip was called off amid fears of protests and the threat of criminal proceedings against him. ECCHR and the New York Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) had prepared criminal complaints in Geneva for two victims of the post 9/11 US torture program. The two 2,500-page complaints were supported by more than 50 organizations from around the world as well as from Nobel peace prize winners Shirin Ebadi and Pérez Esquivel and former UN Special Rapporteurs Theo van Boven and Leandro Despouy.
As a signatory of the Convention against Torture, the US is obliged to prosecute for these crimes. Should those responsible for the torture program continue to avoid prosecution in the US, ECCHR and CCR will take all available steps to initiate proceedings elsewhere.