04 August 2020,   10:02
UK imposes sanctions against human rights abusers

The UK is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years, writes BBC.

Individuals implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 will have their UK assets frozen and banned from entering the country. And Saudi Arabian officials involved in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are also being targeted.

The sanctions are the first taken independently by the UK outside the auspices of the UN and EU. Those individuals and organisations subject to immediate sanctions are:

25 Russian nationals involved in the mistreatment and death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered widespread corruption by a group of Russian tax and police officials.

20 Saudi nationals involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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 forced labour, torture and murder in North Korea’s gulags.