Thom Lantos Commission in Congress Debates Implementation of the Magnitsky Act

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Thom Lantos Commission in Congress Debates Implementation of the Magnitsky Act

The law provides for sanctions for human rights violations and corruption

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US Congress is holding hearings on the implementation of the Magnitsky Act.

A law providing for sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations and corruption was passed in 2017. More than 240 individuals and legal entities from more than 30 countries were subject to sanctions under this law.

Similar legislative initiatives have since been adopted in a number of other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, and are pending in countries such as Australia and Japan.

The term of the sanctions powers under the Magnitsky Law expires in 2022. The Senate has already submitted a bill to extend them, and the House of Representatives plans to consider a similar initiative soon.

Hearings in the Commission allow us to analyze how the sanctions were applied, how effective they are in achieving the set goals, and whether any changes to the original document need to be made.

Opening remarks are made by the Commission’s co-chair, Congressman Chris Smith. Senator Ben Cardin and representatives of a number of human rights and research organizations are participating in the hearings.

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