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Testimonies by Sheryl Saperia

May 2018

The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act

I’m a lawyer by training and the director of policy for Canada at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is a Washington, D.C, based think tank devoted to national security and foreign policy. I also work closely with the Canadian Coalition Against Terror, a non-profit organization comprising Canadians terror victims, counterterrorism professionals, lawyers, and others dedicated to combatting terrorism and assisting terror victims in rebuilding their lives. I was honoured to be awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for my advancement of sound public policy on terrorism issues in Canada.

June 2016

Exploring the available economic levers to enhance respect for human rights

Thank you, Chair and Honourable Senators for inviting me here today. I commend this committee for turning its attention to the promotion of human rights abroad. Multiculturalism, which according to many national polls is one of the seminal elements of Canadian pride and identity, is rooted in a respect for all individuals, regardless of personal backgrounds.

April 2016

Testimony of Sheryl Saperia on Bill C-6

Good morning, distinguished members of the committee. On behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank focused on national security and foreign policy, thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. My comments will focus exclusively on the provisions in the Citizenship Act that revoke citizenship for terrorism, treason, and armed conflict against Canada, which Bill C-6 seeks to repeal.

September 2014

Comments on the Revocation of Citizenship for Treason, Armed Conflict, and Terrorism under Bill C-24

Treason and armed conflict against Canada are actions clearly intended to damage the country as a national entity and political community. It is therefore fitting that one consequence of these crimes may be the loss of citizenship to the country the offender seeks to harm.

May 2014

Revocation of Citizenship for Terrorism, Treason and Armed Conflict with Canada

Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me here today. My comments will focus exclusively on the provisions in Bill C-24 that deal with the revocation of citizenship for terrorism, treason, and armed conflict against Canada.

March 2014

The Human Rights Situation in Iran

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to appear before you today and to address a subject that, in my view, deserves more attention than it currently receives in the international…

Bill C-425, An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act

Thank you for inviting us here today. I am pleased to testify on this important bill in my capacity as director of policy for Canada with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies…

The Human Rights Situation in Iran

Mr. Chair and honourable members, thank you for the opportunity to be here today. As you know, all four aspects of the Iranian threat are intrinsically linked.

The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act

Honourable senators, I am so pleased to be here today to discuss the justice for victims of terrorism act, a legislative initiative that the Canadian Coalition Against Terror has been…

Protecting Canada From Iranian Attempts to Acquire Dual-Use Technology

Good afternoon, honourable senators. I want to commend the committee on its decision to study how best to protect Canada from Iranian attempts to acquire dual-use technology.

February 2012

Canadian Foreign Policy Regarding Iran and Its Implications

Honourable senators, thank you for inviting me here today. CSIS has deemed the Iranian nuclear weapons programs one of the most significant, urgent threats of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, WMD, today. The United States and Israel are now of the shared view that Iran is within about one year of reaching the point where it will be able to assemble a nuclear bomb.