On 7 December, the EU Council announced that it had adopted a Decision and a Regulation establishing a global human rights sanctions regime. For the first time, the EU is equipping itself with a framework that will allow it to target individuals, entities and bodies – including state and non-state actors – responsible for, involved in or associated with serious human rights violations and abuses worldwide, no matter where they occurred. Restrictive measures will provide for a travel ban applying to individuals, and the freezing of funds applying to both individuals and entities. In addition, persons and entities in the EU will be forbidden from making funds available to those listed, either directly or indirectly. EU Regulation 2020/1998/EU and Council Decision 2020/1999/CFSP have been published, but no names have so far have been designated.
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