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Senator Andreychuk marks one year anniversary of the passage of Canada’s Magnitsky Act

Ottawa, Ontario – On October 18, 2018, Senator Andreychuk marked the one year anniversary of the enactment of the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law).

“The adoption of the Sergei Magnitsky Law last October marked a critical turning point for Canada. Human rights are now a key pillar of Canadian foreign policy,” said Senator Andreychuk who served as sponsor of the legislation.

Canada’s Magnitsky Act, tabled as Bill S-226, received unanimous support in both Houses of the Canadian Parliament. The law strengthened the Canadian government’s ability to impose restrictive measures against nationals of foreign states responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and significant acts of corruption.

“The Canadian government now has at its disposal immediate means through which to hold individual human rights violators accountable in our country. In time, the continued and sustained application of this Act will function as a mechanism to deter future violations,” continued Senator Andreychuk.

To date, targeted sanctions have been imposed under the Act against 53 individuals from Russia, South Sudan, Venezuela and Myanmar.

“While it remains a government prerogative to determine the application of the Magnitsky Act, Parliamentarians have a responsibility to monitor its implementation. I urge all Parliamentarians to encourage the sustained and continued implementation of Canada’s Magnitsky Act against human rights violators worldwide.”

Contact:

Zenia Turkewych Miner

Office of the Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Senator

613 947 2239