|Global Magnitsky Act Could be Huge Weapon Against Chinese Human Rights Abusers|
The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which passed the U.S. Congress in a 92-7 vote on December 8 should be a warning to human rights abusers around the world and particularly in China.
The act allows the president to deny U.S. visas and freeze U.S.-based assets of human rights abusers and corrupt foreign officials. Many Chinese who are corrupt and/or responsible for crimes against humanity, such as the organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience, especially Falun Gong practitioners, may be targeted.
Many of them have business in the U.S. and have transferred assets to the U.S. and other western countries to hide from exposure.
These people commit their crimes in China and enjoy the proceeds in America and the west. They will learn that countries that follow the rule of law will not allow this to happen anymore.
The Global Magnitsky Act is a worldwide extension of the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, inspired by the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who exposed the largest known tax fraud in Russian history. He was arrested for "tax fraud" in 2008 by the very police department and officials whom he had accused.
While in prison, he was tortured and denied access to medical care until he died in 2009. No one was ever brought to justice.
“The Global Magnitsky Act gives the United States a powerful, targeted tool to hold accountable human rights abusers and corrupt officials,” said Daniel Calingaert, acting president of Freedom House, “For the first time, the United States will have a comprehensive law that brings some measure of accountability for these crimes and can deter future abuses."
|Last Updated on Saturday, 10 December 2016 13:05|