Sanctions Profile: Human Rights

At a glance

In December 2020, the EU adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1998 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999 to establish a new sanctions regime to address serious human rights abuses worldwide.

In July 2020, the UK adopted the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 under the Sanctions and Money Laundering Act 2018 to deter and provide accountability for activities which if carried out by or on behalf of a State, would amount to a serious violation of certain human rights.

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Australian human rights and corruption sanctions bill introduced to Senate

On 3 August 2021, Australian Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching introduced the International Human Rights and Corruption (Magnitsky Sanctions) Bill 2021 to the Senate. If enacted, the proposed legislation would empower the Australian government to impose targeted sanctions to address human rights violations and serious corruption, similar to US and UK regimes. It comes 8 months after the Joint Standing Committee …

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US imposes further sanctions over Cuba human rights abuses

The Cuban Policia Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR) has been sanctioned by the US pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions), alongside its Director Oscar Callejas Valcarce and Deputy Director Eddy Sierra Arias. It is alleged that, since the beginning of July, the PNR and its leaders have participated in the Cuban government’s suppression of protests, thereby “facilitating the Cuban …

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Global Sanctions Forum 2021 – 30 September 2021

Maya Lester QC will be discussing the practical challenges of dealing with corruption and human rights sanctions regimes at the Global Sanctions Forum 2021, taking place in London on 30 September 2021. Anna Bradshaw, partner at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, will chair the Forum. Register using this link or using the code FKM63954SPKLNK for 20% off. Agenda available here.

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Canada imposes Nicaragua sanctions in response to human rights abuses

Yesterday (14 July 2021), Canada imposed sanctions on 15 people in response to “ongoing human rights violations” in Nicaragua, pursuant to the Special Economic Measures (Nicaragua) Regulations. Those designated are subject to assets freezes and travel bans. Press Release and Notice. Ramón Antonio Avellán Medal (Deputy General of the Nicaraguan National Police (NNP)), Luis Alberto Pérez Olivas (Head of the …

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US issues updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

US issues updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory The US Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security and Labour, alongside the Office of the US Trade Representative, have published an updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory. The Advisory highlights the risks associated with surveillance, forced labour and other human rights abuses for businesses with supply chain and investment links to …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1998

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1998

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/371

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/478


Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/372

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/481

The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020