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Canada backs sanctions legislation targeting rights abusers

AP  |  Ottawa 

Canada's foreign minister says the has agreed to create legislation to expand Canada's international sanctions to target gross human rights violators.

Chrystia Freeland announced the decision last night.

A committee agreed last month to support amending Canada's sanctions rules to include rights violators, acting in honor of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing officials of a USD 230 million fraud.

The government's decision is bound to further strain relations with Russia, which has reacted strongly to the imposition of Magnitsky-style legislation elsewhere.

After President Barrack Obama signed such legislation into in 2012, responded by banning American citizens from adopting Russian children.

Ottawa and Moscow have their own differences, which includes a Russian travel ban on Freeland.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 09:42 IST