60 MPs urge sanctions against Chinese officials

Marie-Danielle Smith

14 July 2020

Quoting Canada’s foreign minister as part of their justification, 63 MPs, four senators, a former House of Commons speaker and more than 20 community groups have signed a letter urging the government impose Magnitsky sanctions against Chinese officials.

Organized by the Alliance Canada Hong Kong (ACHK), the letter made public on Tuesday morning asks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his deputy Chrystia Freeland and Global Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials “directly responsible for the human rights atrocities happening in Tibet, occupied East Turkestan (Xinjiang), and Hong Kong.”

The letter quotes Champagne, who said in a tweet earlier this month: “Sanctions are an important tool to hold perpetrators of gross human rights violations to account.”

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