UK sanctions Saudis, Russians under new Magnitsky powers

published on July 9, 2020

A long-awaited action against abuses ofhuman rights the measures announced bythe Foreign Secretary committed the UKto holding perpetrators of mistreatmentto account they this government and thishouse sends a very clear message onbehalf of the British people that those

Who have blood on their hands they'rethugs of despots the henchmen ofdictators will not be free to walks intothis country to buy up property on theking´s Ray Conte Kings Road to do theirChristmas shopping in Knightsbridge or

Frankly to siphon dirty money throughBritish banks or other financialinstitutions the new regime of sanctionstargets 49 individuals and organizationsfrom Russia Saudi Arabia Myanmar andNorth Korea designed to encourage better

Behavior the sanctions target those atthe heart of Russia's interior ministrysuch as elected chenko accused of beingresponsible for the death of SergeiMagnitsky the Russian lawyer arrestedafter alleging that Russian officials

Were involved in large-scale tax fraudwho died in prison also sanctionedothers who were involved in the killingof Jamaal keshavjee including SaudAbdullah Al Qahtani a senior advisors ofthe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and

The senior official who planned anddirected the murder of the Saudijournalist using a 15 man team alsolisted the perpetrators of ethniccleansing of their a hinga in Myanmarmin Aung Hlaing

And so in commander in chief and hisdeputy of the Myanmar Armed Forces whounleashed a humanitarian disaster thatkilled thousands and left many moredisplaced and the two organizationsresponsible for forced labor torture and

Murder in North Korea's gulags thesanctions also signify a change in theUK status no longer obliged to EuropeanUnion rules it is designed to placehuman rights front and center of a newBritish policy you I think timing was

Very key in this where the end of theopportunity to delay the departure fromthe EU took place this weekend and sothis is a strong move to showUK is going to stand on its own and it'sgoing to exercise this right the act is

Set to be extended in may challengeother countries such as China over theirweaker detention camps and crackdowns onHong Kong protesters the question iswill they go far enough to affect achange in behavior

Sonica a go al-jazeera

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