photo credits: CCTVB’s “The Greed of Man”
Canada adopted a Magnitsky style sanctions regime through the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act in October 2017. Since 2017, Canada has used its sanctions regime to sanction perpetrators in Russia, South Sudan, Syria, Myanmar, and last year in Venezuela, which included 113 individuals in the Maduro Government. Thanks to the effort of the international organization Hong Kong Watch, it is very likely that Hong Kong and China’s government officials who violate “Sino-British Joint Declaration” and human right will be sanctioned by Canadian government.
In November 2019, Hong Kong Watch coordinated a seminar with Canadian Parliamentarians and staffers where a Magnitsky recommendation was accepted by leading members of all three political parties. Since then, Hong Kong Watch have continued to work behind the scenes to encourage a range of parliamentarians to continue the campaign.
On 15th June, Kenny Chiu MP introduced a petition calling for the Government to introduce targeted Magnitsky sanctions on the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Hong Kong.
On 24th June, a cross-party group of Canadian Senators wrote to the Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau to ask the Government to sanction the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Hong Kong and those responsible for human rights abuses in China against the Uighurs.
On 3rd July, Garnett Genuis MP, Shadow Minister for Canada-China Relations and a patron of Hong Kong Watch, asked the Canadian Foreign Minister to consider introducing Magnitsky-style targeted sanctions on the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Hong Kong and mainland China.
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