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Supreme Court of Canada rules torture victims cannot sue foreign countries

Source: JURIST “The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act [text], a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran in 2003 as a freelance photographer and journalist and was subsequently detained. While detained she was sexually assaulted, beaten and tortured, and later later died from a brain injury she sustained during her detainment. In Iran, only one individual was tried and was later…