SENATE ADOPTS SERGEI MAGNITSKY LAW

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News Release from Senator Raynell Andreychuk

 

SENATE ADOPTS SERGEI MAGNITSKY LAW:  CALLING FOR STRENGTHENED MEASURES AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS

Ottawa, ON – On April 11, 2017, the Senate of Canada adopted Bill S-226, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), a bill introduced by Senator Andreychuk.

“Bill S-226 signals internationally that Canada cannot be used to enable or shelter gross violators of internationally recognized human rights,” said Senator Andreychuk.

“Through amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Bill S-226 would allow for the Canadian assets and property of foreign nationals to be seized, frozen or sequestered, if those foreign nationals are deemed responsible for, or complicit in, gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

Bill S-226 is inspired by the case of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died while exposing government officials involved in a $230 million tax corruption scheme.

“The Senate has done its duty in carefully considering this legislation. It is now the responsibility of the House of Commons to further Canada’s ability to exercise, defend and promote internationally recognized human rights and freedoms using one more valuable foreign policy tool.”

Senator Andreychuk’s full speech may be read here: https://sencanada.ca/en/content/sen/chamber/421/debates/111db_2017-04-11-e

Background

  • Bill S-226 was introduced by Senator Andreychuk in the Senate of Canada on May 4, 2016.
  • In 2015, both the Canadian House of Commons and the Senate of Canada unanimously adopted a motion to take note of the case of Sergei Magnitsky.
  • In early December 2016, the United States Congress extended the scope of its 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, with the adoption of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
  • Magnitsky amendments have been adopted by the British House of Commons and the Estonian Parliament.

Contact: Zenia Turkewych Miner 613-996-4600, office of Senator Andreychuk


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