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|Criminality, corruption and impunity: should Australia join the global Magnitsky movement?||1.61 MB|
On 3 December 2019, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, asked the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into and report on the use by Australia of targeted sanctions to address gross human rights abuses.
The Human Rights Sub-committee has watched with interest recent developments in the practice of human rights related sanctions by other Western democracies, in particular the adoption of so-called Magnitsky laws designed to allow the application of targeted sanctions against individuals identified as responsible for serious human rights violations and/or significant corruption. Modelled on or else inspired by United States legislation, these laws seek to make those responsible for human rights violations and corruption accountable by imposing restrictive measures including entry bans and financial sanctions including asset freezing.