Hinimok ng kolumnista sa isang major broadsheet sa Canada si Prime Minister Justin Trudeau na patawan ng sanctions ang administrasyon ni President Rodrigo Duterte dahil sa isyu ng human rights violations.
Ayon kay Thomas Walkom, PhD, ang national affairs columnist para sa Toronto Star Newspaper, dapat patawan ni Trudeau si Duterte ng parusa katulad ng ginawa nito kina Russian President Vladimir Putin at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
“Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has used its so-called Magnitsky Act to impose sanctionson Russian and Venezuelan leaders accused of human rights violations. Politically, that’s easy,” ani Walkom.
“But the prime minister’s trip to Manila this week provides an opportunity to use that law against one of the true villains of the modern era — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. And that will be more difficult,” dagdag pa ni Walkom.
Ang Magnitsky Act ay hinuha mula sa isang Russian lawyer na namatay sa loob ng kulungan sa Russia. Dahil sa nasabing batas, ang gobyerno ng Canada ay may kapangyarihan na magpataw ng sanctions at travel ban sa mga foreigners na gumawa ng human rights violations.
“This month, Ottawa announced it was targeting 52 officials from Russia, Venezuela and South Sudan — including Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. With the possible exception of the three South Sudanese officials, I doubt that any of the 52 has as much blood on his hands as Duterte.” ani Walkom.
“If the Liberal government truly believes in the principles behind the Magnitsky Act — if it truly believes there should be morality in foreign affairs — then Trudeau has no choice,” ani Walkom.
“He cannot treat this murderous man as just another duly elected leader. He cannot travel all the way to Manila and ignore the killings there,” dagdag pa ni Walkom.