EU Ambassadors Agree on Magnitsky’s Global Sanctions Mechanism

EU Ambassadors Agree on Magnitsky's Global Sanctions Mechanism

The mechanism can start operating from December 10

The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU countries approved the introduction of a sanctions regime that will allow the introduction of restrictive measures for violations of human rights around the world.

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The foreign ministers of the 27 states of the European bloc will seal the decision at a meeting next Monday. The new mechanism is expected to enter into force on December 10, Human Rights Day, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE / RL) European observer Rikard Jozwiak reports..

According to a number of European officials familiar with the situation, no individuals or legal entities are in danger of immediate imposition of sanctions. But the list, perhaps, will begin to form as early as January next year..

Sanctions include a freeze on financial assets and a visa ban.

According to the working documentation that came to the disposal of RFE / RL, measures will be introduced against individuals and organizations that are considered responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, slavery, extrajudicial killings, disappearances of people, unjustified criminal prosecutions, arrests.

Also, sanctions can be imposed for trafficking in persons, sexual violence, violation of freedom of assembly, bans on association and expression, religion – if these violations are widespread and systematic..

The sanctions mechanism is similar to the Magnitsky Act adopted in the United States in 2012. Initially, American legislation provided that the restrictions would apply only to Russian officials, but later they were extended to other countries..

Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky investigated a scheme to steal about $ 230 million from the Russian budget – through illegal tax refunds. He claimed that a group of high-ranking security officials and other officials were behind the crime. Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009.

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