Statements by Members
Thursday, June 7, 2018
1st Session • 42nd Parliament
Volume 148 • Number 310
Human Rights – Oleg Sentsov
Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, on Monday, film director Oleg Sentsov entered the fourth week of his hunger strike in an Arctic, hard-labour penal colony 5,000 kilometres from his native Crimea. He is slowly starving to death to raise awareness of 74 Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar political prisoners who have been abducted to Russia and put on show trials for their opposition to Russia’s military annexation of Crimea.
Sentsov’s case is championed by European and Canadian cultural figures, yet when a journalist asked President Putin about Sentsov, he snapped that Sentsov was part of a terrorist community—this from the President whose military invasion of Ukraine has killed 11,000, whose pilots bomb civilian markets and hospitals in Syria, who shields those who shot down MH-17, and who poisons and assassinates opponents and journalists.
It’s time to use the Magnitsky Law and sanction Sentsov’s abductors, torturers, prosecutors, and show trial judges.