Independent Canadian Senator and World Refugee & Migration Council member has tabled Bill S-226, the Frozen Assets Repurposing Act in the Senate.
As Senator Omidvar has noted, the Magnitsky Act and other legislation currently allows the Government of Canada to freeze the assets of corrupt foreign officials. But this new bill asks Canada to take the next step. If passed, it would authorize Canadian courts to take the frozen assets of foreign officials whose mis-rule creates forced displacement and other humanitarian needs. These funds could then be sent to organizations helping those victimized such as UNHCR.
You can read Bill S- 226 here. Support this legislation on social media by tagging @WRMCouncil and using hash tags #MakeThemPay and #S226.
Read more about the World Refugee & Migration Council’s proposals to repurpose frozen assets to support the forcibly displaced:
- Repurposing Frozen Assets to Assist the Forcibly Displaced Research Paper (September 2020)
- Let’s Hold the Kleptocrats to Account, Op-Ed by Lloyd Axworthy and Fen Osler Hampson in The Global and Mail