On Monday 6 July 2020, the UK introduced the first sanctions under its new Global Human Rights sanctions regime, targeting 47 individuals and 2 entities.
The regulations setting out the sanctions are made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 ("SAMLA“) and impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals and entities responsible for or involved in serious violations of human rights. SAMLA was introduced to allow the UK to impose its own economic, trade and immigration sanctions after Brexit.
Those sanctioned include 20 Saudi nationals involved in the death of Jamal Khashoggi and 25 Russian nationals involved in the mistreatment and death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
The individuals and organisations are the first wave of designations under the new regime, with further sanctions expected in the coming months.
You can read the full post on our Sanctions & Export Control Blog below.
The foreign secretary said that the UK was seeking to “hold to account the perpetrators of the worst human rights abuses” with a “powerful” new sanctions regime set up to replace measures taken by the EU when the UK was a member.