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Parliamentarians Greet Sergei Magnitsky Family in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario – On November 1, 2017, Parliamentarians gathered to greet members of the Sergei Magnitsky family in Ottawa to mark the adoption of Bill S-226, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law).

“Having worked for decades on human rights issues internationally and in Canada, Bill S-226 and its passage ensure that Canada will no longer be used to shelter or enable human rights violators,” said Senator Andreychuk, who is the sponsor of the legislation. “It is gratifying to receive such unanimous cross-partisan support in both Houses of Parliament, underscoring the importance of human rights values in Canada.”

“The Sergei Magnitsky Law gives Canada another tool to project our values abroad while simultaneously defending our own sovereignty,” said MP James Bezan, the Bill’s sponsor in the House of Commons. “All Parliamentarians agreed that Canada cannot be used to shelter the elicit funds of corrupt foreign officials and their family members.”    

“The sacrifice of Sergei Magnitsky, who fought for justice and the rule of law in his country, served as the inspiration for Bill S-226,” stated Senator Andreychuk. “We acknowledge the sacrifice of countless human rights defenders and activists worldwide who continue to face threats of illegal detention, torture and death. This law is for them” 

“Under this law, foreign nationals responsible for human rights violations and significant corruption will no longer be able to use Canada as a safe-haven,” said MP Bezan.

Contacts:

Office of the Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Senator

613-947-2239

zenia.miner@sen.parl.gc.ca

Office of James Bezan, MP

613-992-2032

media@jamesbezan.com