Magnitsky Act has been in force in Britain for around a year, yet it was not used against the violators of human rights, sanctions against Russia for Skripal’s case were not imposed, as members of Britain’s House of Commons pointed out in a statement addressed to Jeremy Hunt.
In particular, British MP Matt Western reported on Twitter that he signed the letter.
I have signed @RhonddaBryant's cross-party letter to the Foreign Secretary demanding that Magnitsky sanctions are implemented without further delay. The government should not be dropping the ball on human rights issues - nor using Brexit as an excuse! Action urgently needed. pic.twitter.com/Osc5gg3jfI— Matt Western MP (@MattWestern_) 14 мая 2019 г.
Legislatures stated that the authorities have not applied this amendment, which allows impose sanctions for violation of human rights, yet.
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.
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.