Australia Govt To Introduce Magnitsky Laws Targeting Human Rights Violatorson November 25, 2021 at 12:06 am

The Australian federal government has formally introduced Magnitsky-style laws that will give Australia the power to impose sanctions on overseas human rights violators. Foreign Minister Marise Payne introduced the Autonomous Sanctions Amendment (Thematic Sanctions) Bill 2021 on Nov. 24 to the Australian Senate. It was seconded by Senator Jonathan Duniam. “Autonomous sanctions can be used as an important tool of statecraft to respond to the most egregious situations of international concern, when in our national interest,” Payne said in her second reading speech. “They are highly targeted measures, designed to influence, deter and impose costs on the perpetrators while minimising the impact on the general population,” she added. “An increasing number of comparatively attractive economies have joined the ‘Magnitsky movement,’ and this Bill is timely for Australia,” she said. “This will also allow us to act more swiftly with key like-minded sanctions partners, including the United States, the United Kingdom, …

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