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Euronews 7 Jul 2020

UK sanctions Russians and Saudis under new human rights powers

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The UK sanctions target alleged perpetrators in the killings of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, as well as others from Myanmar and North Korea.


The UK has unveiled its first unilateral sanctions since leaving the European Union.
It has imposed economic sanctions on 49 human rights violators from Saudi Arabia and Russia including those behind the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports.
The UK Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab made statements on Hong Kong in parliament on Wednesday.
It's a crackdown on despots and dictators.
Britain's government has announced its first sanctions since leaving the European Union.
They punish the perpetrators of what it calls 'the gravest human rights offenders'.
The targets include suspects linked to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Russians connected to the killing of tax fraud whistleblower lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
The Kremlin is promising retaliation.
But will sanctions change anything?

Presenter: Imran Khan

Guests:
Bill Browder - Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice campaign
David Haigh - Human Rights Lawyer, and Founder of the campaign group Detained International
Anastasia Gafarova - Political Writer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Political Information
Yasin Aktay - Chief Adviser to the Chairman of the AK Party, President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan
The US is taking the first steps to retaliate against a new security law in Hong Kong.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for undermining human rights in the semi-autonomous city.
China says the law is needed to restore order after months of protests that turned violent at times.
It's bypassing Hong Kong's legislature to push through the measure to ban so-called acts subversion and terrorism, and for the first time allow Beijing to set up a security office in the territory.
China's embassy in Washington has urged the US to "immediately correct its mistake."
The UN and European Union have both expressed concerns about deteriorating human rights in Hong Kong, as well as abuses against minorities in China's Xinjiang territory and Tibet.
But will the international pressure on Beijing lead to changes?

Presenter: Imran Khan

Guests:

Victor Gao - Chairman and Professor at Soochow University.

Adam Ni - Director of the China Policy Centre based in Australia.

Raffaello Pantucci - Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

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