Kosachev: Canada adopted the “Magnitsky act” undermines the foundations of international law

MOSCOW, October 5. /TASS/. Adopted by the Parliament of Canada “Law name of Sergei Magnitsky” undermines the foundations of international law. This opinion was expressed on Thursday the head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

“A dangerous trend is confirmed by the distribution of national law in international relations. That is undermining the very foundations of international law, built on the harmonization of the positions of different parties on the voluntary adoption of common rules,” Senator wrote on his page in Facebook.

According to him, Western countries continue to ideologize international relations, “Recalling more liberal counterparts of the Soviet Union, whose foreign policy was determined ideas.” “And it is certainly not conducive to lowering tensions in the world, which is largely generated by a move West to the language of sanctions for ideological reasons”, – said the MP.

“Don’t even know what’s more ridiculous in the just approved by the lower house of the Parliament of Canada the local equivalent of the Magnitsky act: the blind imitation of “big brother” that brings such acts to the level of outright parody, or pompous, but nonetheless parochial claim to the status of a global Ombudsman”, – said Kosachev.

He stressed that the canadian Minister of foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland writes seriously that the law would give “tools to bring to justice violators of human rights and to combat corruption.”

“And who has authorized Canada to do this on the international stage, to decide who is corrupt in other countries and who is not, to use repressive measures to foreign nationals?”, – asked the head of Committee of the Federation Council.

In his opinion, it looked would be another ideological curiosity of another “infallible” Western countries, if not a few “but”. “This isn’t just about Canada and its relations with other countries, which introduced an element of outright diktat and blackmail. It is clear that this approach will not remain unanswered, and as usual response will be issued for the resistance of authoritarian regimes to the promotion of democracy. Actually, for this and received the following acts: who are the first to condemn someone else’s infringement, then by definition he is without sin,” – said Kosachev.

Canadian law

Canada’s Parliament on Wednesday adopted the “Law on victims of corrupt foreign governments” or “Law name of Sergei Magnitsky”, which is the canadian version of American “Act on the rule of law and accountability name of Sergei Magnitsky”. He, in particular, provides for the freezing of assets and revokes visas for human rights violators among members of foreign governments.

For the document voted unanimously by 277 members of the house of Commons (the lower house – approx. TASS), was present at the vote. In total, the House of Commons to 338 MPs, including the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and all liberal members of the government.

During the hearings it was stated that “Law name of Sergei Magnitsky” should be focused first and foremost on officials from Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar, which are engaged in money laundering in Canada, violating human rights in their countries.

The development of cooperation between Canada and Russia was almost entirely suspended in 2014 on the initiative of the government of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia and the conflict in the East of Ukraine.