The United Kingdom on Monday disclosed details of its first autonomous sanctions regime since leaving the European Union, designating almost 50 individuals and entities accused of involvement in human rights abuses in Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Myanmar. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab unveiled the Global Human Rights sanctions in the House of Commons, telling lawmakers that the first wave of asset freezes and visa bans will be followed by further targeted sanctions in the coming months, including against parties involved in murdering journalists or abusing individuals for their religious or political beliefs. "These sanctions are a forensic tool,...
The U.K. House of Commons is expected to approve a measure that would authorize government ministers to impose asset freezes against suspected human rights abusers anywhere in the world without first having to obtain a court order.
Two individuals and around 60 companies are under investigation in Cyprus on suspicion of links to a notorious $230 million tax fraud and money laundering scheme that began in Russia more than a decade ago.
The U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office announced that 49 individuals and entities were designated under a powerful new sanctions regime established to target those responsible for human rights violations and abuses around the world.