Sergei Magnitsky

‘Magnitsky sanctions’: REDRESS welcomes the implementation of the UK’s human rights sanctions regime 

Today, the UK government announced the introduction of its new human rights sanctions regimeREDRESS welcomes this positive development towards combating torture and other serious human rights abuses.  

The sanctions regime empowers the UK to impose targeted sanctions on individuals and associated entities who have committed serious human rights abuses, including torture and violations of the right to lifeBy naming and penalising individual perpetratorssanctions can serve a useful tool in deterrence, promoting accountability and prompting behavioural change.  

Targeted sanctions also promote justice for victims, including as a form of reparation for victims of tortureThrough imposing travel bansasset freezes and related measures, the new sanctions regime is a significant step towards closing the UK’s financial system to perpetrators, and preventing the UK being used as a safe haven to harbour the proceeds of human rights abuses 

 REDRESS welcomes the government’s commitment to working in coordination with partners in the US, CanadaEurope, and AustraliaThe global reach of many human rights abusers requires a multilateral approach to maximise the effect of targeted sanctions. The government should also look to collaborate with victims’ groups and civil society in identifying perpetrators to be sanctioned.   

 Rupert Skilbeck, Director of REDRESS said,:“We look forward to the development and application of the new sanctions regime, particularly with respect to those who facilitate or profit from human rights abuses. 

For more information or to request an interview, please contact: Eva Sanchis, REDRESS Communications Director at [email protected] or +44 (0) 7857 110076.

In the photo, Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered widespread corruption by a group of Russian tax and police officials. The UK’s first wave of sanctions under this new regime has targeted 25 Russian nationals involved in the mistreatment and death of auditor.