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Canada Backs 'Magnitsky Law' to Expand Sanction Powers

Chrystia Freeland.

Chrystia Freeland.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The Canadian government will back legislation allowing the country to impose sanctions on human rights abusers in foreign countries.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Wednesday the government would back the proposed Canadian law that is named for late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, whose arrest and death in prison drew international attention. The U.K. government backed a similar law earlier this year.