Josep Borrell eudebates EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime with foreign ministers
EU: Statement on the General Sanctions Regime for Human Rights Violations
The document clarifies the provisions of the EU initiative
“The reality is that in the 21st century there are still serious human rights violations and abuses in some parts of the world — often without any consequences for offenders,” the EU said in a statement ahead of Human Rights Day..
The authors of the document emphasize that crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, torture, slavery, extrajudicial executions, sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, as well as human trafficking must end.
In this regard, the EU stresses the importance of establishing a General Sanctions Regime for Human Rights Violations. As explained in the statement, this is a groundbreaking initiative that speaks of the EU’s determination to strengthen its role in tackling human rights violations and abuses around the world..
“The EU’s general sanctions regime for human rights violations is directed against individuals and legal entities who are responsible for or involved in serious human rights violations and abuses, as well as against individuals and entities associated with them. The regime also applies to state and non-state actors. As a result, offenders will ban their accomplices from entering the EU, their assets in the EU will be frozen, and EU citizens will be prohibited from providing funds or other economic resources to these individuals and organizations, ”the document explains..
It also emphasizes that “The general EU sanctions regime for violations of human rights is not specific to countries.” “It can be used to respond to human rights violations and human rights abuses anywhere in the world, including cross-border violations. It complements geographic sanctions regimes against human rights violations and abuses, ”the EU said in a statement..
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