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Trump: US will verify the implementation of the global “Magnitsky Act”

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WASHINGTON, April 21. /Offset. TASS Anton Cranks/. The United States will conduct a thorough check of the implementation of the global “Magnitsky Act”, which allows to impose sanctions against the citizens of other countries involved, according to Washington, corruption or human rights violations. The President, Donald trump has notified Congress in a letter released on Thursday by the White house .

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“My administration actively identifies persons and organizations against whom can be applied the Act, and collect the evidence necessary for its implementation. Over the next weeks and months, government offices will conduct a thorough interagency checks to make sure that we are fulfilling our obligation to bring to justice the perpetrators of human rights violations and corruption, – the document says. As implementation of this law the United States will continue to play a leading role in the protection of fundamental human rights, rational and transparent management.”

The President said that he had put the letter “initial performance report” global “Magnitsky Act”. “This report, prepared by the state Department, the Ministry of Finance and other relevant agencies and services and contains information about the support of my administration of this important law and reaffirms our commitment to reliable and careful execution”, – stated in the document. The report the White house has not yet published.

The “Magnitsky Act”

14 December 2012 entered into force “act on the rule of law and accountability name of Sergei Magnitsky”. The document is part of the law on the abolition of the amendment of Jackson-Vanik, acting for the Soviet Union and Russia in the years 1974-2012. This amendment to the trade act of 1974 to link trade in Soviet-American relations with the issue of free emigration from the Soviet Union.

The “Magnitsky act” provides for the application of sanctions against several Russian officials including law enforcement officers involved, according to Washington, to death in November 2009 in a Moscow investigative isolation ward “Matrosskaya Tishina” auditor of the British Fund Hermitage Capital Management Sergey Magnitsky. In addition, the document extends the sanctions on individuals “responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture and other serious human rights violations”. In accordance with this law, the persons who fall under the sanctions, were denied entry into the United States, and their accounts in us banks to be frozen.

At the end of last year, the predecessor to trump Barack Obama signed a bill providing for the possibility of extending the scope of the Magnitsky Act to other countries. The document, called “a Global act on human rights named after Magnitsky” is part of the law on the financing and policies of the U.S. Department of defense for fiscal year 2017.

According to the document, the President may impose sanctions against any foreign citizen, who is “responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights”. In addition, under the sanctions fall the officers to “carry out illegal activities.” The people in the list will not be able to obtain a U.S. visa, and any property in the U.S. and Bank accounts frozen.

The law is designed for six years, but introduced during this time restrictions are of unlimited duration and may be revoked only by decision of the President of the United States.

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