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Senator Andreychuk Calls for Strengthened Accountability for Global Human Rights Violations

Ottawa, ON – Rising in the Senate on October 25, 2016, Senator Raynell Andreychuk spoke at second reading of Bill S-226, Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law).

“Responding to the urgent and apparent need for increased protection of internationally recognized human rights should remain a top priority for Canadians,” said Senator Andreychuk. “By amending the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Bill S-226 seeks to provide that gross violations of internationally recognized human rights are grounds for economic measures against foreign states and nationals who have committed these crimes.”

Bill S-226 is inspired by the case of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. While practicing law in Moscow, Mr. Magnitsky uncovered a tax corruption scheme. Following his testimony against government officials, he was accused and arrested on comparable charges. Subjected to ill treatment and deplorable conditions while imprisoned, Mr. Magnitsky died in pretrial custody.

“Let us continue to uphold the Canada’s reputation for the protection of international human rights and the principles of international humanitarian law. I urge the swift adoption of this timely and critical bill.”

Senator Andreychuk's full speech may be read here:


  • Senator Andreychuk introduced Bill S-226 in the Senate of Canada on May 4, 2016. A corresponding bill, Bill C-267, was introduced by James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, in the House of Commons on May 5, 2016.


  • The Canadian House of Commons and the Senate of Canada unanimously adopted a motion to take note of the case of Sergei Magnitsky on March 25, and May 5, 2015, respectively.


  • The Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act was passed by both the United States House and the Senate in December 2012. Comparable motions, resolutions and acts have been adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; the European Parliament; the British House of Commons and the Dutch Parliament.


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