The House of committee is influencing the federal government for expanding their law of international sanctions that includes violation of gross human rights— a move which bound to strain the relations with Russia.
The committee of Commons foreign affairs supported the amending sanctions regime of Canada unanimously to include the violators right “in honour” of Sergei Magnitsky, Russian whistleblower, who died in 2009 after accusing officers in Moscow prison for tax fraud of $230-million.
Conservative, Democrat and Liberal MPs supported this change to Special Economic Measures Act being a part of mandated review of the law and also the Act of Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials.
In the report presented in the House of Commons on Thursday, the committee gives a prolonged look at issues surrounding the death of Magnitsky—watchdogs if human rights say, he was beaten immensely in prison and denied for the medical treatment.
Now, the ball is in Liberal government’s court to decide about the suggestions in the report.
Liberal MP Bob Nault, said in an interview “It just wasn’t possible for the committee to ignore the circumstances of what happened to Mr. Magnitsky,”
“If we were to have a discussion about sanctions and the appropriate way that sanctions are used, there would be a missing piece of reality.”
There was a strong reaction by Russia to the nuisance of Magnitsky-style legislation.
The suggestions comes in the middle of strain in the Kremlin Ottawa’s relations that includes own imposition of Russia of the travel ban on Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister.
Chrystia was the Canadians placed on the sanctions list of Russia in 2014 in reprisal for Western sanctions that are imposed on Russia subsequent to their seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region. While was working as a journalist, Freeland called Vladimir Putin, Russian President an demanding authority who was “really dangerous.”
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