Canada: $3.2M to train judges in Ukraine

Canada is giving $3.2 million to train judges in Ukraine on human rights. (Fotolia)

Canada is giving $3.2 million to train judges in Ukraine on human rights. (Fotolia)

Jessica Hume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:26 PM ET

Canada is giving $3.2 million to train judges in Ukraine on human rights.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will receive the cash injection over four years.

Making the announcement following a roundtable with members of the Ukrainian-Canadian community, Tory MPs Ted Opitz and James Bezan said the funding will strengthen democratic institutions in the troubled country.

"By contributing to ensure the respect of human rights in the judiciary system, Canada is helping strengthen Ukrainian institutions and consolidate its place among European democratic countries," Bezan said Wednesday.

Canada is home to the largest Ukrainian diaspora outside Ukraine.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis praised Canada for being a "leader" in promoting democracy.

He said the country would work with allies so "the people of Ukraine can thrive and prosper free of intimidation and threat."

 


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