Magnitsky Month 2022
Tuesday, Nov 15 - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022
Virtually | Zoom Webinar Series
Human Rights First and our partners in the targeted human rights and anti-corruption sanctions coalition lead “Magnitsky Month” to advocate for the expanded and improved multilateral use of Magnitsky-style sanctions in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and the European Union. The month includes these public events:
Multilateral Magnitsky Sanctions Report Launch
November 15, 10am EST
Human Rights First — in partnership with REDRESS, the Open Society European Policy Institute, and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights — is for the first time releasing a report analyzing the multilateral implementation of Magnitsky sanctions in the U.S., Canada, UK, and the EU.
This panel will highlight key findings from the report, gaps in the use of Magnitsky-style sanctions, and ways in which jurisdictions with Magnitsky-style sanctions can improve multilateral coordination to use these sanctions to their greatest effect.
Human Trafficking and Targeted Sanctions
November 17, 11am EST
Global Magnitsky sanctions have not generally been used against those involved in human trafficking overseas. Given human trafficking’s connections with other forms of corruption, transnational crime, and corporate supply chains, targeted sanctions seem like a promising tool to counter these criminals.
This panel will explore the possible reasons why sanctions are not being currently used in this way, why human trafficking should be sanctioned as a serious human rights abuse by the U.S. government, and how sanctions can complement other efforts to stop human traffickers and hold them accountable.
Magnitsky Sanctions and Inclusion: Focusing on Marginalized and Vulnerable Victims
November 28, 11am EST
Magnitsky-style sanctions have rarely if ever been used to specifically address human rights abuses suffered by certain marginalized and vulnerable victims – including women, children, LGBTIQ persons, and indigenous persons.
This panel will discuss the likely drivers of these gaps, and what civil society advocates can do to push for more equitable use of these sanctions tools.
Global Magnitsky and U.S. Security Partners
November 30, 11:00-12:00pm EST
The U.S. government has used the Global Magnitsky program to target abusive and corrupt actors from a range of countries. Some governments that partner with the U.S. have been omitted, despite their officials’ involvement in sanctionable actions. This is especially concerning as friendly governments can be more responsive to pressures brought by these tools than adversaries might be.
This panel will discuss implementation of Global Magnitsky that ensures the U.S. government includes its allies when advocating for human rights.
Open Society Foundations
Why the EU Needs an Anticorruption Sanctions Regime
November 22, 6:00-7:15am EST
Using sanctions to tackle corruption is a relatively novel and promising approach that has not been universally adopted. In the U.S., legislation authorizing corruption sanctions, the Global Magnitsky Act, has been in place for over five years. The EU — which uses sanctions to protect human rights, respond to violations of international law, and preserve peace and security — currently lacks the legislative framework to sanction kleptocrats and acts of serious corruption.
There is a need for consensus around goals for sanctions’ effectiveness, and for measuring how sanctions bring change. This expert panel will discuss the impact of corruption sanctions, presenting case studies that offer lessons that the U.S. experience may hold for the EU.