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Government of Canada honours victims of Flight PS752 and marks 4 years since tragedy

Over the past 4 years, Canada has taken concrete actions to hold the Iranian regime accountable for the unlawful downing of Flight PS752. Today, Canada and its partners in the International Coordination and Response Group (Coordination Group)—Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom—have jointly initiated dispute settlement proceedings before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) against the Islamic Republic of Iran for its failure to refrain from resorting to the use of weapons against a civil aircraft in flight, in breach of its international legal obligations under article 3bis of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (known as the Chicago Convention).  In addition to fighting for justice and accountability, Canada is working to ensure that tragedies like this never happen again. To this end, Canada and its international partners continue to advance the Safer Skies Initiative to enhance safety and security for commercial airlines travelling in or near conflict zones. Canada also continues to advocate for improvements to ICAO’s aircraft accident investigation framework to ensure that future investigations are conducted in a more credible, transparent and impartial manner. In July 2023, the Coordination Group jointly filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, instituting proceedings against Iran in relation to its breaches of the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation of 1971 (known as the 1971 Montréal Convention). This morning, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport, met with family members of victims of the downing of Flight PS752 to reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support of those who lost loved ones in this senseless tragedy. In June 2023, Canada and the Netherlands co-hosted the third annual Safer Skies Forum, where they joined their international partners in renewing their commitment to better protecting civil aviation from the risks posed by conflict zones.  January 8, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada Today marks 4 years since the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (Flight PS752), and Canada continues to honour the victims and stand in solidarity with their families and loved ones. The Government of Canada is also providing support to help countries around the world be better prepared to provide the timely and effective support that victims and their families need after an air incident. In March 2023, Transport Canada funded the participation of 30 countries in a course on assistance to aircraft accident victims and their families and contributed to the development of related training materials. The department is also contributing additional funds to support ICAO’s second Global Symposium on Assistance to Aircraft Accident Victims and Their Families, which will bring together a diverse range of participants to enhance international cooperation on this important matter. Last fall, Canada launched the Flight PS752 Commemorative Scholarship Program, which will offer 176 1-year scholarships over 5 years to Canadian and international students studying in colleges and universities in Canada. For the current academic year, more than 30 students have been selected to receive the scholarship, several of whom have ties to the victims of Flight PS752. This initiative illustrates Canada’s unwavering commitment to honouring the memory of those whose lives were tragically cut short in the disaster.


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