UK government Sanctions on Russians, Saudis, North Koreans Over Alleged 'Human Rights Abuses


The new restrictions are based on 2018 legislation known as the 'Magnitsky amendment', giving the government the ability to sanction individuals for alleged gross violations of human rights.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab unveiled new sanctions against 49 persons and groups accused of violating 'Magnitsky amendment' legislation from countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Myanmar on Monday.
"This government is committed to the UK being an ever stronger force for good in the world," Raab said in an address to parliament. "We will hold to account the perpetrators of the worst human rights abuses," he promised.
"Those with blood on their hands won't be free...to waltz into this country, to buy up property on the Kings Road, do their Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge, or siphon dirty money through British banks," the foreign secretary added.
The designations come in the wake of media reports over the weekend promising government action against alleged human rights violators in other countries. The new sanctions are the first of their kind since the UK's exit from the European Union in February.
The UK's 'Magnitsky sanctions' are based on legislation previously adopted by the US in 2013, and named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian accountant who died in a Russian jail after being held on suspicion of operating a tax fraud scheme. Western officials and media quickly designated Magnitsky as a whistleblower who uncovered a state corruption scheme. US Congress and the Obama administration signed the 'Magnitsky Act' into law in late 2012, prohibiting Russian officials accused of involvement in the man's death from visiting the US or using the American banking system. 

source: sputniknews

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