Dutch Parliament calls for European Magnitsky Act
The Dutch Parliament has passed a resolution which calls on its government to push for a European Magnitsky Act. Inspired by the original US Magnitsky Act of 2012, the law would punish human-rights abusers by freezing their assets and denying them travel visas.
The original US Magnitsky Act was passed by the US Congress and signed by President Obama in 2012. It punishes the Russian officials responsible for the murder of Russian tax accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009. Since 2016, the US government applies the law to human-rights abusers around the world.