EU Envoys Agree To 'Magnitsky' Sanctions Regime

European Union ambassadors on December 2 gave their green light to establish a sanctions regime that would target human rights violators worldwide.

The EU’s 27 foreign ministers are set to rubber stamp the decision when they meet on December 7, and the new mechanism is expected to officially enter into force on Human Rights Day on December 10.

Several EU officials familiar with the matter said no individuals or entities will be sanctioned immediately, but names could be put on the blacklist as early as the beginning of 2021.

The sanctions will consist of asset freezes and visa bans and can be applied to both state and non-state actors.

According to a working document seen by RFE/RL, the sanctions will target individuals and entities deemed responsible for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, slavery, extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions and killings, enforced disappearance of persons, and arbitrary arrests or detentions.

It can also be imposed on those involved in human trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence, violations or abuses of freedom of peaceful assembly, association, opinion, and religion -- if the abuses are considered “widespread and systematic.”

The sanctions regime is similar to the Magnitsky Act passed by the United States in 2012.

The U.S. legislation initially targeted Russian officials but later included individuals from other nations.

Sergei Magnitsky was a whistleblower who accused a group of Russian law-enforcement officers and officials of stealing the equivalent of about $230 million from the state through fraudulent tax refunds. He died in a Moscow prison in 2009.

Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Related news
Bosnia Urged To Swiftly Handle Dire Migrant Humanitarian Situation.

Bosnia Urged To Swiftly Handle Dire Migrant Humanitarian Situation.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is under mounting pressure to address the future of thousands of stranded migrants and asylum seekers, with the EU and a top European human rights official joining a chorus of calls demanding that authorities address the unfoldi...

Radio Free Europe

Heavy snow as UK plunges to -12C & Icy winds blast Britain.

Heavy snow as UK plunges to -12C & Icy winds blast Britain.

A FOOT of snow could fall today as temperatures drop as low as -12C and icy winds blast the UK. Forecasters issued an amber weather alert on Wednesday night as more of the white stuff arrived - warning of travel chaos up and down the country. It c...

1 12

350 face justice in huge Italian mafia trial

350 face justice in huge Italian mafia trial

One of the biggest mafia trials in history has kicked off in Calabria, Italy. As Chris Livesay reports, a special court had to be built just to accommodate the proceedings against hundreds of alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, acc...

Is China changing its strategy towards decoupling from the world economy? - DW News.

Is China changing its strategy towards decoupling from the world economy? - DW News.

China's trade balance after exports grew to 535 billion US dollars in 2020, lifting its surplus to a five year high. That, despite the coronavirus pandemic and a trade war with the United States. In December, exports surged 18% on the previous yea...

Military Trucks Block Roads To U.S. Capitol In Stepped Up Security Measures Ahead Of Inauguration

Military Trucks Block Roads To U.S. Capitol In Stepped Up Security Measures Ahead Of Inauguration

Military trucks are blocking off roads two and three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, closing off the area to any vehicular traffic. NBC News’ Ellison Barber shows us where the trucks and police are stationed as Washington, D.C. prepares for the inau...

Police launch war on Covidiots shaming for breaking lockdown rules.

Police launch war on Covidiots shaming for breaking lockdown rules.

POLICE are waging war on Covidiots by publicly shaming them for breaking lockdown rules. Leicester Police are using bodycam footage to expose flouters after issuing 142 more fines totalling £57,800 in just one weekend. This included a staggering 3...

FBI Never Issued Intel Bulletin Ahead Of Capitol Riot Due To Free Speech Concerns - NBC News NOW.

FBI Never Issued Intel Bulletin Ahead Of Capitol Riot Due To Free Speech Concerns - NBC News NOW.

The FBI collected intel on potential threats of violence ahead of riots at the Capitol on January 6, but never issued a formal intelligence bulletin to other law enforcement agencies. NBC News’ Ken Dilanian reports. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watc...