The Magnitsky List: A Trend-Setter Process in Global Human Rights and Compliance Law?
WorldECR, Issue 21, April 2013
3 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2013
Date Written: April 21, 2013
The United States recently published the first Magnitsky List of Russian individuals who it believes were involved in the brutal torture and death while in state custody of a Russian lawyer, as well as those committing gross human rights violations against other Russians. The persons identified are to be blocked from entering the U.S. In addition, they will be blocked from accessing U.S. financial markets and property and any other assets would be subject to seizure if they come under U.S. jurisdiction. The bipartisan bill that gave rise to this process was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2012.
The Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was illegally detained, brutally tortured, and died in prison because he exposed a multi million dollar scheme to defraud Russian taxpayers. His death has come to symbolize what can happen to individuals in Russia when they stand up to forces of corruption.
Keywords: Magnitsky, trade security, export controls, economic sanctions
JEL Classification: H56,
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