The Canadian parliament passed its final approval of a Senate bill proposed by Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk last week.
The Senator, who represents Saskatchewan, says Magnitsky Law will allow the federal government to impose sanctions on foreigners accused of human rights violations.
Andreychuk says that includes freezing any Canadian-held assets and barring them from entering the country.
“Now the Trudeau government will have to see how it’s implemented,” Andreychuk said. “We’ve just given the government a tool they can to use assess when they list someone who shouldn’t be able to put their money into Canada. And shouldn’t be able to come.”
Magnitsky Law, is named after a Moscow lawyer who was tortured and died in prison in 2009 after blowing the whistle on corruption involving government officials.
“This is an opportunity to have a credible bill, but of universal application,” Andrechuk said. “Not pointed at any country. All parties in both houses of the Senate agreed with my approach to human rights and passed the bill.”
Andreychuk says this law can have huge ramifications.
“We do know that in Canada, we have perpetrators of gross human rights violations in other countries, Andreychuk said. “Who have laundered their money into Canada. Who buy houses here. Who send their children here and who want to live here. And that makes us enablers.”
The Magnitsky Law would allow the federal government to impose sanctions on foreigners accused of human rights violations.