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Canada proposes Sergei Magnitsky bill to sanction human rights crimes, corruption

Friday, May 13, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The Conservative Party of Canada on Thursday introduced the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Sergei Magnitsky Law) bill in House of Commons and the Senate to sanction human rights crimes and corrupt practices.

In a statement, Law and Order in Russia said that the Magnitsky bill was introduced by James Bezan in the House of Commons and Senator Raynell Andreychuk.

"The purpose of the Magnitsky Law is to sanction those who are committing serious human rights crimes within their countries, or the corrupt individuals who are stealing the assets of people," said Bezan.

Former justice minister Irwin Cotler, one of the strongest advocates of Magnitsky legislation in Canada, last year urged Canadian lawmakers to adopt the law. He commented, "It is time…for us to treat Russian domestic human-rights violations as seriously as we do violations of political independence and territorial integrity… Countries that value human rights and the rule of law must use the measures at our disposal to hold violators to account and discourage future violations."

The Canadian Magnitsky Law (C-267) and (S-226) provides for visa sanctions and asset freezes against foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.

Speaking about the effect of the Canadian Magnitsky Law, Bezan, added, "This would provide the tools and......................

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