Corruption: Sanctions

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 21st September 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the timetable is for the scope of the Magnitsky regime to be extended to encompass corruption abuses; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

On 6 July the UK Government established the Global Human Rights ('Magnitsky') sanctions regime by laying regulations in Parliament under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018. This sanctions regime enables the UK to hold to account those involved in serious human rights violations or abuses.

As the Foreign Secretary announced to the House, work is underway to consider how a corruption regime could be added to our armoury. Sanctions are powerful tools, capable of having a significant impact, and complex to design. We are taking the time to ensure we get them right.

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