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OTTAWA, February 8, 2011 — Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the following comments after the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act successfully passed through the Senate.  This morning the Bill was introduced for debate in the House of Commons.  The proposed legislation would allow victims to sue perpetrators and supporters of terrorism.

“This legislation introduced today in the House of Commons demonstrates our government's leadership in standing up for the rights of victims in the global fight against terrorism,” said Minister Toews.  “Our position continues to be that perpetrators and supporters of terrorism must be held accountable for their actions.”

The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act would amend the State Immunity Act to lift immunity for states listed by the Government of Canada as supporters of terrorism. It would also permit victims to claim and recover damages from those who perpetrate or support terror.

“We are giving victims not only a voice, but a legal means to seek justice against those who caused them harm and those who support terrorism. This legislation will recognize their legitimate claims for redress and accountability,” added Minister Toews.

The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act was introduced in the Senate on April 21, 2010.

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