A coalition of rights groups, led by Human Rights First, called on the US Departments of State and Treasury Wednesday to use the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act [text] to sanction foreign citizens accused of human violations and corruption. The organization sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin [official websites] asking them to use the act against 15 individuals from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico, Panama, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
The list of individuals are public servants who range from former presidents to judges and police chiefs who are accused but not yet convicted of any violations. Human Rights First joined with dozens of other organizations listed in the letter believe these foreign persons committed acts of corruption human rights violations including torture and murder and would like the secretaries to levy sanctions on their finances.
The request comes on the heels of presidential authorization of the act. The act was named in an honor of Russian whistle blower Magnitisky [who was murdered after producing evidence against the country.
As carried in JURIST on 15.9.17