Human Rights: Sanctions

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th February 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on when to apply sanctions to pressure countries to comply with international law with regards to human rights abuses.

Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to which countries the Government applies sanctions on account of their record of human rights abuses.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The Government's response to reports of human rights violations is determined on a case by case basis.

The Government is implementing United Nations or European Union sanctions regimes focussing on human rights violations in relation to the following countries: Belarus, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Libya, Mali, South Sudan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Furthermore, the 2017 Criminal Finances Act allows UK law enforcement agencies to use civil recovery powers to freeze the assets of those who violate human rights wherever those violations take place, where that property is held in the UK. The Home Secretary can also exclude from the UK individuals whose presence is not conducive to the public good.

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