The Magnitsky Law alone should not be the last word on justice. Parliament should amend the State Immunity Act to allow civil lawsuits against foreign officials for torture. Doing so would tell the world that Canada is sincere about recognizing the ?sacrifice? of victims and protecting activists.
Recent news that the federal government settled for $31.25 million with three Canadian men falsely accused of terrorist links, imprisoned, and tortured overseas, was met with some public backlash. Social media comments include variations on ?waste of taxpayer money,? ?wouldn?t mind a little torture for $10 million,? or ?why should Canada pay for a foreign country?s actions??