Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7th July 2021.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review, in cooperation with (1) the government of the USA, (2) the governments of Commonwealth countries, (3) the EU and its Member States, and (4) the government of Switzerland, UK (a) legislation, (b) practice, and (c) capability, to interdict (i) transfers of funds, and (ii) the movement of goods, derived from locations where there is evidence that human rights abuses have taken place.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We work closely with our partners across the globe to tackle human rights violations and abuses. On 6 July 2020 the government introduced the Global Human Rights sanctions regime which gives powers to impose asset freezes and/or travel bans on individuals and entities involved in serious human rights violations or abuses. The rights included are: an individual's right to life; right not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and right to be free from slavery, not to be held in servitude or required to perform forced or compulsory labour. As required by Section 30 and 32 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, the Government will report annually to Parliament on all sanctions regulations.

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