Canada sanctions 52 human-rights violators under new Magnitsky law

Canada sanctions 52 linked to rights abuses corruption

The first sanctions under that act are aimed at 30 individuals tied to Russian Federation, 19 Venezuelan officials, including Maduro, and three individuals from South Sudan.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the sanctions in a statement, just more than two weeks after Canada passed a law giving it the power to impose asset freezes and travel bans on human-rights abusers around the world.

According to the canadian foreign Ministry, restrictive measures are imposed in connection with the recently adopted law On victims of corrupt foreign governments or Law name of Sergei Magnitsky.

The list, released on November 3 by Canada's Foreign Ministry, largely mirrors a similar list compiled by the United States after it passed the Magnitsky Act in 2012, which punished individuals alleged to be connected to Sergei Magnitsky's death and a massive tax-fraud scheme he helped uncover.

Thirty Russians were sanctioned on Friday for their involvement in the corruption surrounding the $230-million (U.S.) tax fraud uncovered by Mr. Magnitsky and the "subsequent gross violations of his legal and human rights" during his investigation and detention, including the abuse that led to his death in jail.

Canada also sanctioned three individuals from South Sudan, the world's youngest country.

Paul Robinson, professor of public and worldwide affairs at University of Ottawa, said while most of the media attention has been on the list targeting Russian officials, he was most struck by the fact that President Maduro was named in the Venezuelan list.


She added she was glad to see the first practical application of the Magnitsky law.

Like the United States and other Western countries, Canada imposed sanctions on Russian Federation after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula in 2014.

Russian Federation has vowed retaliation for Canada's passage of the law.

The move indicates the extent to which the legislation that has been presented by the government as being about fighting corruption and protecting human rights is in fact highly political in nature, Robinson said.

It nearly immediately drew the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who complained that Canada was playing "unconstructive political games".

Three senior officials from South Sudan, including the country's former army chief Paul Malong, were also targeted.

Zakharova said Russian officials can't understand what motivated Ottawa's actions.

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