Australian Labour MP Michael Danby proposed a bill in the House of Representatives in Canberra on Monday, which he said would allow the Australian government to apply targeted sanctions to foreign officials involved in human rights violations.
Danby explained that the bill, dubbed the International Human Rights and Corruption (Magnitsky Sanctions) Bill 2018, «does this by enabling the Governor... Еще-General on the advice of the minister to target these individuals with immigration, financial and trade sanctions.»
He went on to say that the Magnitsky sanctions would make these violators «pariahs» in the international community and «deter individuals in these authoritarian regimes from engaging in future gross human rights violations and corruption.»
Danby explained that the bill would seek justice for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, including the 38 Australians.
«Both then and now, Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, have displayed a cruel indifference to their role in causing the tragic and unnecessary death of citizens from around the world, including the 38 Australians, and I speak today on their behalf. Australians are still outraged, Mr Putin, and the Duma of the Russian Federation should act to respond to this.»
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was downed in the skies over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed.