After leaving the EU, the country has developed its own sanctions regime, including visa bans and asset freezes.
LONDON-Britain on Monday will put foreign citizens on the list of people facing asset freezes and entry bans for alleged human rights violations for the first time. We are talking about a new scheme of post-Brexit sanctions, adopted on the example of the American Magnitsky Act of 2012.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has insisted on a strict sanctions regime, and the first names to be named in Parliament will be followed in the coming months by new sanctions under the “exclusively British” regime that emerged as the country left the EU in January.
“From today, the UK will have new powers to prevent those involved in serious human rights violations from entering the country, to prevent them from funneling money through our banks and to benefit from our economy,” Raab said.
“This is a clear example of how the UK will lead the world’s efforts to defend human rights. We will not allow people who want to hurt and destroy the lives of innocent victims to take advantage of what the UK has to offer.”
Under the Magnitsky Act, passed in 2012, the US imposed travel bans and froze the assets of Russian officials linked to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was arrested in 2008 after his claims that Russian officials were involved in large – scale tax fraud.
Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after complaints of ill-treatment.
The framework for British sanctions, called the Magnitsky amendment, is not explicitly aimed at Russians but came during a crisis in relations between London and Moscow after an attack on a former Russian spy in England using a nerve agent.