US welcomes UK’s establishment of a Global Human Rights sanctions

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jul 07, 2020, 08:29 AM(IST)

Pompeo, Dominic Raab attend public discussion at Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London Photograph:( AFP )

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Forty-nine individuals and organisations involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been designated for sanctions under a powerful new regime.

The United States has welcomed the UK’s establishment of a Global Human Rights sanctions regime that promotes accountability for serious Human Rights abuses, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. 

''The UK is a global leader and our close partner in promoting and protecting human rights'' he added.

Forty-nine individuals and organisations involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been designated for sanctions under a powerful new regime established on Monday by the UK, the Foreign Secretary has announced.

The individuals and organisations are the first wave of designations under the new regime, with further sanctions expected in the coming months.

The measures will target individuals and organisations, rather than nations.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, said: ''Today we’re designating 49 people and organisations for responsibility in some the worst human rights abuses in recent memory''.

''This is a demonstration of Global Britain’s commitment to acting as a force for good in the world,'' he added.

The UK’s first wave of sanctions under this new regime targeted:

  • 25 Russian nationals involved in the mistreatment and death of auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered widespread Russian corruption by a group of Russian tax and police officials
  • 20 Saudi nationals involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
  • Two high-ranking Myanmar military generals involved in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities
  • Two organisations involved in the forced labour, torture and murder that takes place in North Korea’s gulags
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