[…]In 2017, the federal government passed the Sergei Magnitsky Law, otherwise known as Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, to sanction corrupt officials who commit serious human rights violations in other countries. 

The law was introduced by Conservative MP James Bezan in 2016 and was named after anti-corruption Russian tax official Sergei Magnitsky, who died in police custody in 2009 after being denied medical attention. 

To date, numerous Conservative MPs including MPs Bezan and Garnett Genuis have repeatedly pushed for the federal government to impose strong Magnitsky sanctions against human rights abusers from China, Russia, Sri Lanka and beyond. 

Genuis spoke to True North, saying, “the Magnitsky Act provides an effective tool for holding human rights abusers accountable, yet the Liberal government has been very sparing in its use. This is sadly consistent with the lack of action we have seen from the Trudeau government on human rights in general.” 

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet failing to acknowledge the Uighur genocide by abstaining in the vote declaring genocide against Uighurs in China […] the Trudeau government is nowhere to be seen.”[…]

European Parliament scolds Trudeau over “currently dormant” human rights sanctions — True North Canada