Updated Information on European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee vote on Sergei Magnitsky

November 24, 2010

Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament Voted in Favor of the Call for Visa and Economic Sanctions Against Russian Officials in Magnitsky Case in its Draft Annual Report on Human Rights

Further details and clarifications on the vote taken in the European Parliament ’s Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Sergei Magnitsky case were provided today.

The call for visa and economic sanctions on the Russian officials involved in the arrest and death of 37-year old Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky have been included as part of the Draft Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2009 and the European Union’s policy on Human Rights.

Dr Laima Andrikiene MEP is a European Parliament Rapporteur.
The draft report was voted on in the Committee of Foreign Affairs (AFET) on 9 November with 50 votes in favor, 0 against and 2 abstentions. The paragraph on Sergei Magnitsky was tabled by MEPs from the Greens’ and ALDE political groups, and was voted in favour by the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee and consequently incorporated into the Report.

The final vote on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2009 will take place during the next plenary of the European Parliament in December.

The text included in paragraph 115 on the subject of Sergei Magnitsky reads as follows:

“115. Urges the Russian judicial authorities to press ahead with the investigation about the death of Sergey Magnitsky; calls for the EU entry ban for the 60 Russian officials involved in this case and request the EU law enforcement agencies to cooperate in order to freeze bank accounts and other assets of these Russian officials in all EU Member Countries.”


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