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Human Rights

Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been subject to proceedings under the (1) Criminal Finances Act 2017, and (2) Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, on the grounds of gross human rights abuse or violations, up to the latest date for which figures are available.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

There have been no proceedings under the provisions in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 relating to gross human rights abuses.

The Sanctions Act gives the UK powers to impose autonomous sanctions, however secondary legislation is required to establish individual sanctions regimes. Officials are currently working to design secondary legislation for a global human rights sanctions regime, which we have announced an intention to establish once we leave the EU. It is only once the secondary legislation is in force that we can impose sanctions on designated persons and announce those designations.

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