UCC testifies at Human Rights Committee

UCC testifies at Human Rights Committee

Reiterates call for strong G7 response to Russia’s human rights violations

June 8, 2018. OTTAWA. Yesterday, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) testified at the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC CEO, and Orest Zakydalsky, UCC Senior Policy Advisor reiterated the UCC’s call on the Government of Canada to ensure a strong, united G7 response to Russia’s egregious human rights violations of Ukrainian citizens. Michalchyshyn and Zakydalsky called on the Government of Canada to immediately implement sanctions against Russian officials responsible for the violation of the human rights of over 70 Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally jailed by Russia.

“Since the adoption of the Magnitsky Act in October 2017, the Government of Canada has had the tools to sanction Russian officials responsible for these violations of internationally recognized human rights,” stated Michalchyshyn. “The Government has taken no actions against the Russian judges, prosecutors, investigators, security service officials, and politicians responsible for these violations. We call on the Government of Canada to use the tools available in the Magnitsky Act to implement sanctions against these Russian officials. Canada must stand up for Ukrainian political prisoners.”

The G7 Leaders’ Summit begins in Charlevoix, Quebec, today. Michalchyshyn and Zakydalsky stated that Canada’s Presidency in the G7 presents a unique opportunity to focus international attention on ending Russia’s war against Ukraine and ending Russia’s occupation of Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

The UCC is grateful to the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development for the opportunity to testify about these important issues to Canada’s parliamentarians.

Audio of the Subcommittee hearing is available here 

The Briefing Note presented by the UCC to the Subcommittee is available here

Last week, numerous public demonstrations took place across Canada in support of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally jailed by Russia. For more information please see here

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