Britain unveils sanctions against Russians, Saudis Jul 07, 2020 0 1406 12345 DPALondonBritain on Monday announced its first Magnitsky Act-style sanctions against dozens of officials from Russia and Saudi Arabia who are accused of international human rights violations.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab listed 47 individuals subject to sanctions including the freezing of their assets and a ban on entry to Britain, saying they were involved in “some of the worst human rights abuses in recent memory.” “This is a demonstration of global Britain’s commitment to acting as a force for good in the world,” Raab said.“We will defend media freedoms, protect freedom of religion and, with the measures we are announcing and enacting today, hold to account the perpetrators of the worst human rights abuses,” he told parliament.Those subject to Britain’s new Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations, which are similar to the US Magnitsky Act, include 25 Russians and 20 Saudi citizens.“The first designations will cover those individuals involved in the torture and murder of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer who disclosed the biggest known tax fraud in Russian history,” Raab said.Britain has developed its sanctions independently of the European Union, after it formally left the bloc in January, but the government said it would continue to cooperate with UN and EU multilateral sanctions regimes.Raab said British officials would work closely with the United States but also “strongly support efforts to bring an EU human rights sanctions regime into effect.” Magnitsky act campaigner Bill Browder tweeted his thanks to Raab, saying a “huge milestone was passed today with the implementation of the UK Magnitsky Act on Sergei Magnitsky’s killers.” Browder said he visited Raab’s office later Monday for a planned meeting with Raab and Magnitsky’s widow and son.Browder, who founded Hermitage Capital Management, was barred from Russia after alleging official corruption. Magnitsky, also an anti-corruption activist, was a lawyer for his firm.“Whilst others left Russia, understandably fearing for their lives, Magnitsky stayed on to take a stand for the rule of law, and to strike a blow against the breathtaking corruption that plagues Russia,” Raab said.“That bravery cost him his life,” he said, adding that Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 on “trumped-up charges” of tax evasion.Raab said the 20 Saudi citizens subject to sanctions were “responsible for the brutal murder of the writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi” in Turkey in 2018. RELATED ARTICLES France’s Louvre reopens to applause after 16-week virus shutdown Jul 07, 2020 0 635 Trump calls on black NASCAR driver to apologise over noose protest Jul 07, 2020 0 961 Spain court clears extradition of former Mexico oil chief Jul 07, 2020 0 644 Mexican president rejects comparison of virus death toll with France, Spain MEXICO CITY: Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused on Sunday to compare coronavirus death tolls with European states after the Latin American nation became the fifth hardest-hit country by the .. Abinader claims victory in Dominican Republic presidential race SANTO DOMINGO: Opposition candidate Luis Abinader has claimed victory in the Dominican Republic’s presidential race after voters on Sunday braved a worsening coronavirus outbreak to cast their ballots for a new .. French ex-spies on trial for ‘sharing secrets’ with China AFP Paris The trial of two former French spies suspected of sharing secrets with China opened in a Paris criminal court on Monday, behind closed doors for reasons of national security. Identified only as Pierre-Marie H, .. Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials WASHINGTON: The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19. The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a .. COVID-19 imperils AIDS progress, UN warns AFP Paris COVID-19 could cause an additional half a million AIDS deaths if treatment is disrupted long term, the United Nations said on Monday in a warning that the pandemic was jeopardising years of progress against HIV. .. Global experts warn of COVID-19 airborne threat AFP Washington An international group of 239 scientists on Monday urged authorities including the World Health Organization to recognise that the coronavirus can spread in the air at distances well beyond two meters .. Trump’s niece to release memoir on July 14 NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s niece will release her unflattering book on the US president on July 14, her publisher announced on Monday, after a judge lifted a temporary ban on publication. Simon & Schuster has brought .. Supreme Court rules US states can punish ‘faithless electors’ AFP Washington The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that US states have the right to remove and punish members of the Electoral College for not backing the presidential candidate whom they pledged to support. The unanimous ..