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EU Parliament passes resolution in Magnitsky case

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on the EU Council of Ministers to adopt a common list of Russian officials to be sanctioned for their role in the torture and murder of 37-year old Russian whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

In a press release, the EU said that under the targeted sanctions regime already adopted in the United States, these Russian officials would be prohibited from traveling to and banking in the EU.

The Resolution entitled ’Human Rights in the World 2012 and EU Policy on the Matter’ was passed by the majority of the European Parliament and said that "The European Parliament … calls on the Council, therefore, to adopt a decision establishing a common EU list of officials involved in the death of Sergei Magnitsky; adds that this Council decision should impose targeted sanctions on those officials."

William Browder, a leader of the global Magnitsky justice campaign commented on the resolution, "If the EU Council acts on the explicit will of the European people, then we will finally see Magnitsky's torturers and murderers unable to travel to Europe and spend their blood money there."

In its human rights report, the European Parliament has also expressed its "regret" with the EU Council&#......................

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