U.K. House of Commons approves equivalent of Magnitsky act

Source : 112 Ukraine

The amendment to the British legislation in the sanctions sphere will allow to impose the sanctions against the human rights abusers
15:44, 2 May 2018

Britain's House of Commons has approved an equivalent of the Magnitsky act that imposes the sanctions against people who violate the human rights as Radio Liberty reported.

Boris Johnson, the U.K. Foreign Secretary called this decision to be an important moment.

'These provisions will allow the U.K. to act against those responsible for serious offenses worldwide. U.K. stands up for human rights globally', he said on Twitter.

However, the decision must be also approved by the House of Lords to become a law.

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The amendment to the British legislation in the sanctions sphere will allow to impose the sanctions against the human rights abusers.

William Browder who used to be a financier in Russia and employer of Magnitsky also commented this decision.

'This is a huge milestone for Britain and our campaign. It's a really huge win for justice', Browder told AFP.

'Russian human rights abusers have been sheltering their money in the U.K. without any fear of the consequences for the last two decades, and this should put the fear of God into them that their assets will be seized'.

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'This would have happened with or without the Salisbury attack, but that focused everybody's minds on the bad intent of the Putin regime', he added.

The legislation, informally known as the Sergei Magnitsky Law, is named after a lawyer who died in a Russian prison under mysterious circumstances after exposing one of the biggest government corruption scandals during President Vladimir V. Putin’s time in power.

In 2016, the U.S. Congress unanimously supported a bill that provides the expansion of the Magnitsky law application to every country in the world, not just to Russia. The law enables the US President to renew the list of foreign nationals that, in his view, are involved in corruption and human rights violations.

Related: Canada imposed sanctions against Russians from its Magnitsky list

Canada, Estonia and Lithuania have also adopted similar legislative acts.

In October 2017, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin claimed that the so-called “Magnitsky act”, which provides a package of sanctions against Russia, is based on political games.

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