UK Announces First Sanctions Against Human Rights Violators

July 9, 2020 Updated: July 23, 2020

On July 6th, the UK government announced sanctions against human rights abuses, including visa bans and assets freezes. It was the first time since leaving the European Union in January that Britain imposed its own sanctions for human rights violations. On July 6, 2020, the U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab introduced the long-awaited sanctions on human rights violators involved in extra-judicial killings, including political assassinations, torture, degrading treatment, forced labor, and servitude.