Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:
The Lithuanian Parliament on Thursday introduced a Magnitsky bill proposing to refuse entry to Lithuania to persons who have been involved in human rights abuses, money laundering and corruption.
The bill is the initiative of Gabrielius Landsbergis, MP, chairman of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats, and is co-sponsored by twenty other members of the Lithuanian Parliament from all major political groups, including Farmers and Greens, Social Democrats, Homeland Union -Christian Democrats, and the Liberals.
Landsbergis commented on the Magnitsky initiative, "The impunity of foreign persons who perpetrate gross human rights violations, participate in money laundering or corruption should not be tolerated just because the justice system and the rule of law is corrupted in an undemocratic country, as the Magnitsky case has shown. It is important to let perpetrators know in advance that such crimes are not tolerated in Lithuania and that such people will not be allowed to enter our country. Our Magnitsky law is universal, just as human rights themselves."
He added, "I hope that more democratic countries in Europe will follow suit, and that finally we will have EU-level sanctions in this regard, just as the European Parliament has called for."
The proposed Magnitsky legislation seeks to amend Article 133 of the Lithuanian Law on the Legal Status of Aliens.
It would ban an alien from entering the Republic of Lithua......................
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