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Global Magnitsky Act Receives Unanimous Approval from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

July 30, 2015

30 July 2015 — Yes­ter­day, in a land­mark vote, the U.S. Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee unan­i­mously approved “The Global Mag­nit­sky Human Rights Account­abil­ity Act,” paving the way for its approval for a full vote in the Sen­ate. The Global Mag­nit­sky Act extends the con­cept of per­son­alised sanc­tions on klep­to­crats and human rights vio­la­tors around the world, giv­ing hope to vic­tims from any coun­try where those abuses occurred.
“Sergei Magnitsky’s epic bat­tle against evil, his faith in the law, and his ulti­mate sac­ri­fice con­tinue to empower and inspire law­mak­ers around the world to take con­crete action and cre­ate real con­se­quences for human rights abusers”, said William Brow­der, leader of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice campaign.

The new leg­is­la­tion is authored by U.S. Sen­a­tor Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rank­ing Mem­ber of the Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee, who in 2010 together with Sen­a­tor John McCain ini­ti­ated the “Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act,” an inno­v­a­tive 21-century piece of leg­is­la­tion that for the first time has pro­vided redress and a mean­ing­ful way to deter impunity for cor­rup­tion and human rights abuses in Russia.

The Russia-specific Mag­nit­sky bill became law in Decem­ber 2012. Over 30 per­sons have been included on the pub­lic sanc­tions list since. Per­sons included on the sanc­tions list are pub­licly named on the fed­eral reg­is­ter, pro­hib­ited from obtain­ing U.S. visas and sub­ject to a freeze on all their U.S. assets and bank accounts.

The Global Mag­nit­sky bill autho­rises the Pres­i­dent to cre­ate sim­i­lar con­se­quences for per­sons involved in cor­rup­tion, extra­ju­di­cial killings, tor­ture and other human rights vio­la­tions from all coun­tries around the world.

This is an impor­tant step in a long road of tar­get­ing human rights abusers and cor­rupt indi­vid­u­als around the globe who threaten the rule of law and deny human rights or fun­da­men­tal free­doms,” said Sen­a­tor Cardin.

The bill autho­rizes the Sec­re­tary of State and the Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury to report annu­ally to Con­gress regard­ing actions taken against human rights abusers. In deter­min­ing the sanc­tions list, the Pres­i­dent must con­sider requests made by the Chair­per­son and Rank­ing Mem­ber of one of a num­ber of con­gres­sional committee.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:
Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign
+44 2074401777
info@lawandorderinrussia.org

See also the US Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee press release on the pass­ing of the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill:
http://www.foreign.senate.gov/press/ranking/release/cardin-legislation-the-global-magnitsky-human-rights-accountability-act-approved-by-senate-foreign-relations-committee



Global Magnitsky Bill Introduced in the Canadian Parliament

June 15, 2015

12 June 2015 – Irwin Cotler, Cana­dian MP, for­mer Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Attor­ney Gen­eral of Canada, and chair of the Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky Inter-Parliamentary Group, has intro­duced the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill to the Cana­dian par­lia­ment. The bill, enti­tled the Global Mag­nit­sky Human Rights Account­abil­ity Act [C-689], calls for sanc­tions on inter­na­tional human rights vio­la­tors any­where in the world, and is sim­i­lar to the U.S. Global Mag­nit­sky bill cur­rently mak­ing its way through the U.S. Congress.

Explain­ing his new bill, Irwin Cotler MP said:
“The vic­tims of human-rights vio­la­tions in Rus­sia and around the world… and the coura­geous activists who stand up to rights-violating regimes at great per­sonal risk – were on my mind when I rose on Tues­day in the House to present my leg­is­la­tion… Coun­tries that value human rights and the rule of law must use the mea­sures at our dis­posal to hold vio­la­tors to account and dis­cour­age future vio­la­tions. Oth­er­wise, we are exposed as hav­ing far less con­cern for these noble prin­ci­ples than our usual rhetoric.”

Intro­duc­ing the leg­is­la­tion, Irwin Cotler MP paid an emo­tional trib­ute to his friend and advo­cate of Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions leg­is­la­tion, Boris Nemtsov, who was assas­si­nated near the Krem­lin in Moscow three months ago.

I could almost feel the pres­ence of my late friend Boris Nemtsov, the leader of the demo­c­ra­tic Russ­ian oppo­si­tion who was mur­dered near the Krem­lin ear­lier this year,” said Irwin Cotler.

Boris Nemtsov pub­licly sup­ported Irwin Cotler in 2012 when the Mag­nit­sky leg­is­la­tion was first intro­duced in the Cana­dian par­lia­ment.
“Mag­nit­sky was killed by pros­e­cu­tors and prison management…Putin gov­ern­ment sup­ported the mur­der­ers… The idea of the [Mag­nit­sky] Act is to imple­ment sanc­tions against absolutely con­crete cor­rupt offi­cials and peo­ple who are respon­si­ble for killing Mag­nit­sky,” said Boris Nemtsov.

As a coun­try with the low level of cor­rup­tion and rule of law, Canada has to fight against crim­i­nals and against cor­rup­tion. You are not against Rus­sia, you are against cor­rup­tion, against crim­i­nals. It will be very painful for Russ­ian cor­rupt bureau­cracy to get such kind of law from Canada. Very painful. Because cor­rupt sys­tem in Rus­sia means that they have prop­erty out­side of the coun­try, they relax out­side the coun­try, they send their kids to get edu­ca­tion outside…”

(Lis­ten to the full speech by Boris Nemtsov in Canada in 2012, start­ing after intro­duc­tion at 4 min.: http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/03/02/when-nemtsov-came-to-ottawa/)

In March this year, the Cana­dian House of Com­mons unan­i­mously sup­ported the ini­tia­tive to intro­duce Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions on indi­vid­ual human-rights vio­la­tors, includ­ing those involved in the 2009 deten­tion, tor­ture and mur­der of Sergei Mag­nit­sky. A sim­i­lar motion was adopted in the Cana­dian Sen­ate a few weeks later. Yet, the Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment has not acted on the call from parliamentarians.

There is still time for the [Cana­dian] gov­ern­ment to either take over my bill or to intro­duce sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion of its own, out of respect for the unan­i­mous will of Cana­dian MPs, and out of sol­i­dar­ity with the vic­tims of human-rights vio­la­tions and those who strug­gle valiantly on their behalf, in Rus­sia and around the world,” said Irwin Cotler, MP.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:
Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign
+44 2074401777
e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org
web­site: www.lawandorderinrussia.org
Twit­ter: @KatieFisher__

Video of Irwin Cotler MP intro­duc­ing the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill in the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwMo43eU1BE&feature=youtu.be

New Cana­dian Global Mag­nit­sky Bill, C-689: “An Act to enact the Global Human Rights Account­abil­ity Act and to make related amend­ments to the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Mea­sures Act and the Immi­gra­tion and Refugee Pro­tec­tion Act”
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8035881

Orig­i­nal 2012 Cana­dian Mag­nit­sky Bill, C-339: “An Act to con­demn cor­rup­tion and impunity in Rus­sia in the case and death of Sergei Mag­nit­sky”
http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?billId=6253662&Language=E&Mode=1

The Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky Inter-Parliamentary Group web­site:
http://ipg-magnitsky.org/



European Parliament Calls on EU Foreign Policy Chief to Enact EU-wide Magnitsky Sanctions on Russian Human Rights Abusers

June 11, 2015

11 June 2015 – The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment has adopted the Mag­nit­sky Sanc­tions Motion which demands that EU For­eign Affairs chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini act “with­out delay” and intro­duce sanc­tions on Russ­ian offi­cials involved in the Mag­nit­sky case.

The motion pro­posed by Euro­pean Parliament’s Rap­por­teur on the state of EU-Russia rela­tions Gabrielius Lands­ber­gis, MEP, was adopted by 494 votes to 135, with 69 abstentions.

The Mag­nit­sky Sanc­tions motion high­lights the assas­si­na­tions of Boris Nemtsov, Sergey Mag­nit­sky, Anna Politkovskaya, Natalya Estemirova, Alexan­der Litvi­nenko and oth­ers, and demands their proper, inde­pen­dent investigations.

The Mag­nit­sky Sanc­tions motion adopted by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment states:

Euro­pean Parliament…reiterates its call on the Coun­cil to … adopt, upon a pro­posal which should be sub­mit­ted with­out delay by the VP/HR, restric­tive mea­sures for the offi­cials involved in the well-documented Mag­nit­sky case.”

Pre­vi­ously, Ms Mogherini, EU VP/HR (Vice Pres­i­dent and High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive) for for­eign affairs and secu­rity pol­icy, strongly opposed the enact­ment of EU-wide Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions, in spite of four res­o­lu­tions by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in their favour. In a let­ter to the Euro­pean par­lia­ment mem­bers on 12 Jan­u­ary 2015, Ms Mogherini stead­fastly refused to impose sanc­tions on Russ­ian offi­cials in the Mag­nit­sky case.

I con­sider that addi­tional sanc­tions tar­get­ing human rights vio­la­tors would not be the appro­pri­ate response as they would risk nei­ther trig­ger­ing a change in pol­icy nor improv­ing the human rights sit­u­a­tion,” said Ms Mogherini at the time in her letter.

One and a half month after Ms Mogherini’s refusal, Boris Nemtsov, the lead­ing pro­po­nent of the EU Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions, and a key Russ­ian leader of the oppo­si­tion to pres­i­dent Putin, was assas­si­nated next to the Kremlin.

In his pub­lic appear­ances before his assas­si­na­tion, Boris Nemtsov stated his belief that Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions, enacted by the United States under the “US Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act of 2012,” rep­re­sented the “most pow­er­ful instru­ment against killers and clep­to­crats” (see in Russ­ian at 27 min of youtube video debate with Boris Nemtsov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n1AJ0oCIJE)

Boris Nemtsov cam­paigned for the adop­tion of Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions by the EU and for the expan­sion of the US Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions list.

We owe it to the mem­ory of the coura­geous Russ­ian patri­ots Sergei Mag­nit­sky and Boris Nemtsov to cre­ate con­se­quences for those in Rus­sia who act with impunity and con­tinue to cover up bru­tal mur­ders with a straight face in the inter­na­tional set­tings. Inac­tion by Ms Mogherini today, after the fifth vote by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, is no longer accept­able,” said Bill Brow­der, leader of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice campaign.

For more infor­ma­tion, please contact:

Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign
+44 2074401777
e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org
web­site: www.lawandorderinrussia.org
Twit­ter: @KatieFisher__



Russian Government Continues to Eliminate Evidence in the Magnitsky Case by Destroying Video Recordings of Magnitsky’s Last Hours in Detention

June 5, 2015

Russ­ian Gov­ern­ment Con­tin­ues to Elim­i­nate Evi­dence in the Mag­nit­sky Case by Destroy­ing Video Record­ings of Magnitsky’s Last Hours in Detention

5 June 2015 – The Russ­ian author­i­ties have told Sergei Magnitsky’s mother that they have destroyed the video record­ings of Sergei Magnitsky’s last hours before his killing in Matrosskaya Tishina deten­tion center.

 In cor­re­spon­dence with Sergei Magnitsky’s mother, Gen­eral Major V. Aly­shev, Deputy Head of the Russ­ian Inves­tiga­tive Committee’s Main Inves­tiga­tive Depart­ment, has con­firmed the Russ­ian author­i­ties have destroyed the video records from Matrosskaya Tishina.

Video record­ings from video sur­veil­lance cam­eras …have not been seized due to objec­tive rea­sons – due to the expiry of the period of stor­age on the disc,” said Gen­eral Major of the Russ­ian Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee V. Alyshev.

Sergei Mag­nit­sky was trans­ferred to Matrosskaya Tishina deten­tion cen­ter at 6:30 pm of 16 Novem­ber 2009. Less than three hours later he was found dead with signs of bod­ily injuries in the iso­la­tion cell. The offi­cial Russ­ian inves­ti­ga­tion into his death found that he died from a heart prob­lem and that he had caused his own injuries.

An inde­pen­dent domes­tic inves­ti­ga­tion by the Moscow Pub­lic Over­sight Com­mis­sion con­cluded Sergei Mag­nit­sky was kept in deten­tion in tor­tur­ous con­di­tions, that civil­ian doc­tors were not allowed by deten­tion cen­ter offi­cials to enter his cell for an hour and eigh­teen min­utes before his death, while a team of eight deten­tion cen­ter offi­cers restrained him and beat him. Imme­di­ately after Magnitsky’s death, deten­tion cen­ter offi­cials showed some video footage of Sergei Mag­nit­sky to mem­bers of the Moscow Pub­lic Over­sight Com­mis­sion. How­ever, video record­ings from Matrosskaya Tishina have been absent from the Magnitsky’s death case inves­ti­ga­tion file.

In response to the request from Mag­nit­sky fam­ily about the where­abouts of the video footage from Matrosskaya Tishina, the Russ­ian Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee reported that the record­ing has been destroyed:

[Video record­ing] is auto­mat­i­cally deleted from the hard drive after 30 days, and new infor­ma­tion is recorded in its place,” Gen­eral Major Aly­shev has informed Magnitsky’s mother.

“It is con­sis­tent with the over­all cover-up of Sergei Magnitsky’s mur­der that the key video evi­dence from the crime scene was not pre­served. An inves­ti­ga­tion should be opened into those who allowed the destruc­tion of the videos,” said a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky campaign.

 For more infor­ma­tion, please contact:

 Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Campaign

+44 2074401777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

web­site: www.lawandorderinrussia.org

 

 



Следственный комитет подтверждает уничтожение видеозаписей по делу Магнитского

June 5, 2015

Следственный комитет подтверждает уничтожение видеозаписей по делу Магнитского

5 июня 2015 года – Сегодня стало известно, что Следственный комитет РФ подтвердил уничтожение видеозаписей по делу о смерти Сергея Магнитского — человека, раскрывшего крупнейшее в истории России (5,4 миллиардов рублей) хищение бюджетных средств высшими должностными лицами налоговых и правоохранительных органов, после чего был арестован по надуманным  обвинениям и убит.

Заместитель руководителя Главного Следственного Управления Следственного комитета РФ генерал-майор В. Алышев сообщил родным Сергея Магнитского, что видеозаписи из следственного изолятора «Матросская тишина», где прошли последние часы жизни Магнитского до его убийства, уничтожены, объяснив это «объективными причинами».

«Видеозаписи с камер видеонаблюдения …не были изъяты по объективным причинам – вследствие истечения срока хранения на диске», — говорится в сообщении генерал-майора СК РФ В.Алышева родственникам Сергея Магнитского.

Напомним, что в ходе независимого расследования, проведенного сразу после гибели Сергея Магнитского в ноябре-декабре 2009 года Московской общественной комиссией по мониторингу за соблюдением прав человека в местах содержания под стражей, было установлено, что Сергей Магнитский содержался в пыточных условиях в следственных изоляторах и был найден мертвым со следами телесных повреждений на полу одиночной камеры №4 следственного изолятора «Матросская тишина», где к нему в течение 1 часа 18 минут не допускали врачей.  Руководство следственного изолятора «Матросская тишина» демонстрировало правозащитникам видеозаписи Сергея Магнитского, однако, они отсутствуют в материалах уголовного дела о смерти Магнитского.  В ответ на запрос родных Магнитского о местонахождении видеозаписей из «Матросской тишины», Следственный комитет РФ сообщил об их уничтожении:

«[Видеозапись] автоматически удаляется с жесткого диска по истечении 30 суток и на ее место записывается новая информация», — указал генерал-майор СК РФ В.Алышев родственникам Сергея Магнитского.

Ранее сообщалось об уничтожении материалов из архива органов и тканей Сергея Магнитского, а недавно стало известно об уничтожении документов, касающихся обстоятельств содержания Сергея Магнитского в следственном изоляторе «Бутырка», где он находился в течение почти четырех месяцев до убийства.

«Если видеозаписи последних часов жизни Сергея Магнитского из «Матросской тишины» действительно уничтожены, то это требует немедленной проверки в рамках уголовного производства с последующим привлечением к уголовной ответственности виновных, в том числе следователей, создавших условия для намеренного уничтожения и утраты доказательств по уголовному делу», — сказал представитель программы «Справедливость для Сергея Магнитского».

 За дополнительной информацией обращайтесь:

Программа «Справедливость для Сергея Магнитского»

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