Учреждена международная премия в области защиты прав человека имени Сергея Магнитского

November 13, 2015

13 ноября 2015 года – В канун шестилетия со дня гибели юриста фонда Hermitage Сергея Магнитского, раскрывшего 5,4 миллиардное хищение из российского бюджета, учреждена новая международная Премия имени Сергея Магнитского.

«Дело Сергея Магнитского давно перестало быть делом только семьи, друзей, коллег и других близких людей. Надеемся, что эта премия поддержит людей во всем мире, которые не приемлют нарушение прав человека в любых проявлениях, которые хотят свободно и достойно жить без страха и слез», – сказала мама Сергея Магнитского.

Премией Сергея Магнитского будут ежегодно отмечать журналистов, политиков, общественных деятелей и юристов, внесших значимый вклад в сохранение и развитие наследия Сергея Магнитского, в области правосудия и защиты прав человека, следующих идеалам Сергея – непоколебимости человеческого достоинства, силы духа и веры в торжество справедливости.

Имена первых лауреатов Премии имени Сергея Магнитского станут известны в понедельник, 16 ноября 2015 года, в годовщину гибели Сергея Магнитского в следственном изоляторе «Матросская тишина» в возрасте 37 лет. Награждение пройдет в г. Лондоне, Великобритания.

Премия присуждается в 9 номинациях – за лучшее журналистское расследование, за политическую деятельность в США и Европе по укреплению прав человека, за общественную и правозащитную деятельность, за вклад в глобальную кампанию Магнитского, за освещение дела Магнитского в Европе, за правовое отстаивание и защиту прав человека и за вклад в развитие демократии.

Премия имени Сергея Магнитского учреждена при участии ряда международных организаций Великобритании и стран Европы, а также США и Канады.
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Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards Will Be Launched on the 6th Anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s Murder in Russian Police Custody

November 12, 2015

12 November 2015 – On the eve of the 6th anniversary of the murder of Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, the Justice for Sergei Magnitsky campaign is launching the ‘Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards.’

The awards will celebrate international politicians, journalists and civil society activists who have worked in the spirit of Sergei Magnitsky — with faith, strength and integrity, to reinforce and advance his legacy, and bring about significant change in the international justice and human rights field.

The winners of the 2015 Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards will be announced next week, on Monday, 16 November 2015, marking the 6th anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s death in Russian police custody at the age of 37.

“Sergei Magnitsky’s impact on the world has only gained in significance in the years after his death. We hope that the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards will serve as a beacon of support for all those who fight injustice around the world,” said Sergei Magnitsky’s mother Nataliya.
The organising committee of the Global Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards this year consists of activists from major international organizations, including Transparency International, the Henry Jackson Society, Fair Trials International, the Central and Eastern European Council of Canada, and the British Parliament’s All-Party Group on Anti-Corruption.

The Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards will be given in 9 categories, including Outstanding Investigative Journalism; Top Campaigning US Politician, Top European Politicians; Best Human Rights NGO; Outstanding Contribution to the Global Magnitsky Campaign; Outstanding Coverage of Magnitsky Case in Britain and in Europe; the Best Human Rights Lawyer; and the Top Campaigner for Democracy.

Alan Mendoza, Executive Director, Henry Jackson Society, said:
“The inaugural Sergei Magnitsky Award is an important event, and we are very happy to be involved. The Award ceremony represents the pinnacle of years of support that The Henry Jackson Society has given to the Global Magnitsky Campaign, and we look forward to continuing that support for years to come.”

Robert Barrington, Executive Director of Transparency International UK said:
“Investigative journalists are a vital part of the efforts to uncover and ultimately fight corruption in all its forms. Whether it’s exposing the lavish lifestyle of a corrupt state official, or unearthing widespread bribery in businesses, investigative journalists have proved effective campaigners against corruption. Often they will work in extremely restricted environments, putting life and limb on the line to unmask the corrupt. That’s why Transparency International is proud to be supporting the award for investigative journalism at the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards this year.”

Sergei Magnitsky’s torture and death in Russian police custody, and the subsequent cover-up of his murder and the theft of the $230 million corruption he had exposed, has led to the worldwide Justice for Sergei Magnitsky Campaign. Launched in 2010, it spearheaded the adoption in the United States of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012. The U.S. Magnitsky law imposes targeted sanctions in the form of visa bans and asset freezes on those involved in his case, as well as in other gross human rights abuses against democracy defenders in Russia. 34 Russian officials and private individuals have been placed on the U.S. Magnitsky sanctions list since the enactment of the law.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has called on all its member states to adopt similar sanctions on those involved in Sergei Magnitsky’s case.
Sergei Magnitsky was posthumously given the 2010 International Integrity Award by Transparency International for taking a personal stand against Russian corruption and paying for it with his life.

Earlier this year Sergei Magnitsky was honoured by the Allard Prize Committee for International Integrity (Canada), which recognizes individuals and organisations who show exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption.

This year Sergei Magnitsky was also posthumously awarded one of the world’s most prestigious individual achievement prizes, the Joshua Heintz Humanitarian Award, for distinguished achievement in the field of international justice awarded by the organization of former Chief Prosecutors of the UN War Crimes Tribunals.

In Russia, Sergei Magnitsky was tried posthumously, three and a half years after his death, in the first-ever posthumous trial in Russian history. Russian authorities also closed the investigation into his death in police custody finding “no signs of crime,” in spite of conclusions to the contrary drawn by two independent domestic commissions, including the Moscow Public Oversight Commission and the President’s Human Rights Council, as well as by the international investigation carried out in 2012-2013 by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe which urged Russia to conduct proper investigation or face US-like Magnitsky sanctions.

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Russian Anti-Corruption Activist Navalny Urges US Government to Add New Names to Magnitsky Sanctions List for Abusing His Brother in Prison

November 11, 2015

11 November 2015 – Alexei Navalny, Russian anti-corruption activist, whose brother has been jailed by Russian authorities since December 2014 on trumped up charges and who has been subjected to discriminatory pressure in detention, has urged the US Government to add new names onto the Magnitsky Sanctions list under the US Sergei Magnitsky Law (https://navalny.com/p/4533/) which imposes visa bans and asset freezes on gross human rights violators.

“[The Magnitsky Law] is a truly pro-Russian law…This is the law that protects Russian citizens from the lawlessness,” said Alexei Navalny on the role of the Magnitsky Act in today’s Russia.

“My brother [Oleg Navalny] is being held in jail as a hostage. His only guilt is that he is my brother,” said Alexei Navalny.

“Previously, each new wave of pressure on Oleg [Alexei Navalny’s brother] was precisely timed with my activities and anti-corruption investigations. Now this pressure simply never subsides,” said Alexei Navalny about the treatment of his brother in Russian penal colony No 5.

Alexei Navalny and his colleagues have identified three officials responsible for applying the pressure to Navalny’s brother:
1) Yuri Dorokhin, deputy head of prison system in Orlov region;
2) Yuri Afanasiev, head of penal colony IK-5;
3) Gennady Grevtsev, deputy head of IK-5 colony in charge of security.

In the last several months, Oleg Navalny was moved three times to a penalty facility where he spent 45 days, according to Alexei Navalny’s colleague Vladimir Ashurkov (https://www.facebook.com/vladimir.ashurkov/posts/1059742160743615)

The United States passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act in December 2012. The US law, named after deceased Hermitage Fund’s Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, imposes visa bans and asset freezes on those involved in his arrest, torture, death and cover-up, as well as other gross human rights abuses.

So far the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has publicly sanctioned 34 Russian nationals under the US Magnitsky Act, including 28 who played a role in the Magnitsky case and 6 persons involved in other gross human rights violations in Russia. The lists of names were previously published by the US Government on 12 April 2013, 20 May 2014 and 29 December 2014.
For more information please contact:

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