Generally a reputation means all the things. On this case the title Sergei Magnitsky has been globally synonymous with easy methods to combat human rights abuse within the 21st Century.

His sacrifice has resonated with victims of human rights abuse in each nook of the globe. Legislative acts bearing his title have been handed, creating critical penalties for human rights abusers all over the world.

Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who sacrificed his life on the age of 37 standing as much as the corruption of the Putin regime. The best way through which the Russian authorities tried to cowl up his homicide and exonerate the folks concerned grew to become a logo of impunity and kleptocracy worldwide.


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That’s the reason Magnitsky’s daring sacrifice crossed nationwide borders and spoke to folks in all places.

The Magnitsky Acts, which impose visa sanctions and asset freezes on human rights violators, have turn into emblematic of preventing impunity and kleptocracy all over the world. Within the 21st Century, many human rights abuses are dedicated for monetary acquire.

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Focusing on these abusers’ cash overseas and their journey is likely one of the only methods of making penalties. There may be no impunity for generals in Myanmar who search out Rohingya, for arms sellers who breach the weapons embargo in opposition to South Sudan, for the rapists within the Central African Republic or the killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

That’s the reason the thought of a Magnitsky Act began with a Russian atrocity however is now international in its scope. Human rights violators in Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua, South Sudan, Burma and plenty of different nations are already being focused with Magnitsky sanctions laws in six nations: the US, Canada, the UK, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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We now have to take the subsequent daring step. We have to set up an EU-wide Magnitsky Act. The European Parliament has already known as for this many occasions and in 2014 even proposed visa bans and asset freezes in opposition to folks answerable for Magnitsky’s homicide. Just a few member states took up the proposal.

The EU Council didn’t act however now this initiative is lastly gaining momentum. Over the summer time, the Dutch authorities formulated a concrete proposal which is now in session with all EU member states. The draft is strictly what is required, the power to use international sanctions – with one obvious omission. The Dutch authorities has not but named it a Magnitsky act.

Some would argue Magnitsky’s title would one way or the other make it tougher for unanimous approval of the laws. We don’t consider our member states would veto a human rights invoice merely due to its title, however will as a substitute undertake it due to their assist of human rights worldwide. Regardless of the negotiations result in, we’ll all the time name it the Magnitsky Act.

On Monday 10  December, European ministers of international affairs will meet to debate the Dutch proposal. Only one vote in opposition to would imply the top of the laws. That’s the reason parliamentarians and lawmakers from 18 EU member states urge our governments to strengthen the EU’s place as a beacon for human rights and worldwide legislation worldwide.

We urge our governments to vote for a European Magnitsky Act that’s international in scope. We urge them to honour Magnitsky in title and combat impunity worldwide. We can not consider any higher strategy to have a good time Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Common Declaration of Human Rights on Monday.

Sjoerd Sjoerdsma MP (Netherlands)

Michael Aastrup-Jensen MP (Denmark)

Boriana Aberg MP (Sweden)

Ian Austin MP (United Kingdom)

Petras Auštrevicius MEP (Lithuania)

Fernando Maura Barandiaran MP (Spain)

Janis Bordans MP (Latvia)

Tom Brake MP (United Kingdom)

Chris Bryant MP (United Kingdom)

Mireille Clapot MP (France)

Cristian Dan Preda MEP (Romania)

Esther de Lange MEP (Netherlands)

Mark Demesmaeker MEP (Belgium)

Anna Fotyga MEP (Poland)

Cristian Ghinea MP (Romania)

Ana Maria Gomes MEP (Portugal)

Helen Goodman MP (United Kingdom)

Rebecca Harms MEP (Germany)

Margaret Hodge MP (United Kingdom)

Gunnar Hokmark MEP (Sweden)

Eva Joly MEP (France)

Sandra Kalniete MEP (Latvia)

Tunne Kelam MEP (Estonia)

Stephen Kinnock MP (United Kingdom)

Dr. Stephanie Krisper MP (Austria)

Eerik-Niiles Kross MP (Estonia)

Catherine Murphy MP (Eire)

Delphine O MP (France)

Pieter Omtzigt MP (Netherlands)

Lilianne Ploumen MP (Netherlands)

Adrian-Claudiu Prisnel MP (Romania)

Senator Roberto Rampi (Italy)

Dr Norbert Rottgen MP (Germany)

Bob Seely MP (United Kingdom)

Manuel Sarrazin MP (Germany)

Petri Sarvamaa MEP (Finland)

Marietje Schaake MEP (Netherlands)

Charles Tannock MEP (United Kingdom)

Indrek Tarand MEP (Estonia)

Bram van Ojik MP (Netherlands)

Man Verhofstadt MEP (Belgium)

Joel Voordewind MP (Netherlands)

Manfred Weber MEP (Germany)

Emanuelis Zingeris MP (Lithuania)


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