EU Agrees to New Sanctions Regime Against Human Rights Violations

The European Union (EU) has agreed on Dec. 2 on a new sanctions regime targeting perpetrators of human rights violations anywhere in the world regardless of nationality.

The European Union (EU) has agreed on Dec. 2 on a new sanctions regime targeting perpetrators of human rights violations anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality.

The new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime will allow the EU to immediately impose sanctions on specific human rights abusers, regardless of their location and nationality. It will also grant the EU the power to freeze the assets of abusers in the bloc.

With the regime, the EU aims to strengthen the fight in upholding human rights in several countries where the EU says abuses must be punished, which includes Myanmar, Iran, Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia.

The new regime will not replace existing geographic sanctions regime, including those that address human rights violations in Syria, Venezuela, and Belarus.

EU foreign ministers are set to formally approve the new sanctions regime on Dec. 7, but no names are expected to be added yet.

The European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell proposed the new sanctions regime last Oct. 19.


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