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Julia Fernández Arribas
9th June 2021
Human Rights

Insight: “The new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime: shortcomings and limitations” by Juan Jonás de Gil

The promotion of the EU’s normative influence and founding values is arguably at its peak, with several recently developed tools aimed at protecting human rights in different ways. One of these tools, which came into being last December, is the new sanctions system for worldwide violations of human rights committed by particular individuals. This system is considered to be the European version of the US Magnitsky Act, which was enacted in the US after a Russian journalist died in prison having published about corruption practices by high level Russian officials. The Act, in force since 2016, allows the US to impose sanctions on human rights violators abroad.

The new EU system was established through Council Decision 2020/1999 and


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