EU “Magnitsky Act”: Time to punish those responsible for human rights violations

The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomes today’s adoption by the Council of a global human rights sanctions regime, but regrets that corruption is not amongst the punishable violations. 

The European Parliament has repeatedly asked for a mechanism for sanctions to be introduced to punish individual culprits of human rights atrocities and our political group has been at the forefront of this fight.

The newly adopted procedure will enter into force tomorrow and it applies to targeted individuals, entities and bodies responsible for serious human rights violations and abuses worldwide. They will be subject to restrictive measures such as travel bans and freezing of funds.

Commenting on the Council’s decision, the President of Renew Europe Group, Dacian Cioloș (USR PLUS, Romania), said:

“Over the past years, Renew Europe has repeatedly called for the establishment of a human rights sanctions regime at EU level. I therefore welcome its adoption by the Council today.

From Belarus, to Hong Kong, from Russia to Venezuela, the EU can finally send a decisive and united response to those that attack human rights, freedom and democracy.

We will continue, nevertheless, to try to improve this newly adopted instrument, as  the requirement of unanimity among the EU Member States risks jeopardising the swiftness of the EU’s reaction  when it comes to human rights violations.”