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EU approves Magnitsky sanctions on Human Rights violators in China, DPRK, Libya, Russia, South Sudan and Eritrea




The Council today (22 March) decided to impose restrictive measures on 11 individuals and four entities responsible for serious human rights violations and abuses in various countries around the world. 

This is the second time the EU has made use of its new human-rights sanction regime established on 7 December 2020. The first time was the listing of four Russian individuals linked to the protests and arrest of Alexander Navalny.

The violations targeted today include the large-scale arbitrary detentions of, in particular, Uyghurs in Xinjiang in China, repression in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in Libya, torture and repression against LGBTI persons and political opponents in Chechnya in Russia, and torture, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and killings in South Sudan and Eritrea.

Under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime the listed individuals and entities are subject to an asset freeze in the EU. In addition, listed individuals are subject to a travel ban to the EU and EU persons and entities are prohibited from making funds available, either directly or indirectly, to those listed.

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