Australian Magnitsky legislation a win for human rights

 A long-time advocate for Magnitsky legislation, Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has welcomed the Government’s decision to introduce legislation designed to enable the imposition of targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against the perpetrators of egregious acts of international concern.

Magnitsky legislation refers to governmental sanctions against foreign individuals who have committed human rights abuses or been involved in significant corruption, named after Sergei Magnitsky.

“Despots and human rights abusers should never have been allowed to funnel their ill-gotten gains into the freedom-loving countries of the world, which is why I have been a long-time advocate for this type of legislation,” said Senator Abetz.

“Having called on the Government to introduce these types of measures, I was then an active participant on the joint parliamentary committees charged with investigating this matter.”

“Reform often takes time to achieve and I am pleased that the Government is entirely on board to deliver what will also be a boost to those whom despots and dictators oppress, knowing that we are serious about restricting their ill-gotten gains and opportunities.  

Senator Abetz is Chair of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade that was tasked with the inquiry into possible Magnitsky-styled sanctions.  

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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