Dominic Raab vows to crack down on ‘thugs and despots’ with sweeping post-Brexit powers

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab addressed the House of Commons on the UK becoming a greater force for good in the world post-Brexit. Mr Raab announced the UK Government’s sanctions against human rights violators. Mr Raab told MPs in the House that the UK is introducing the UK’s first autonomous sanctions regime which gives them the power to impose sanctions on those involved in the worst human rights abuses around the world.

Mr Raab explained the UK will have the power to deny travel to the UK and freeze assets of these violators.

Mr Raab said: “Today I am proud that under this Prime Minister and Government we make good on our pledges and bring into force the UK’s first autonomous human rights sanctions regime.

“This gives us the power to sanction those involved in the very worst human rights abuses right around the world.”

Mr Raab also spoke directly to those who routinely partake or support acts of human rights violations.

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He said: “The powers enable us to target a wider network of perpetrators, including those that facilitate, incite, promote or support any of these crimes.

“If you are a kleptocrat or an organised criminal you will not be able to launder your blood money in this country.

“This Government today is sending a very clear message on behalf of the British people with those with blood on their hands, thugs and despots, henchmen of dictators will not to be free to waltz into this country to buy up property on the King’s Road to do their shopping in Knightsbridge.

“Or even to siphon their dirty money through British banks or other financial institutions.”

Mr Raab noted how these sanctions will benefit Britain for its post-Brexit future.

He said: “These sanctions are a forensic tool and they allow us to target perpetrators without punishing the wider people of a country that may be affected.

“The regulations will enable us to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those involved in serious human rights violations.

“They include, firstly the right to life threatened by assassination and extradition killing.

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“Secondly the right to not be subject to torture or cruel inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.

“Thirdly the right to be free from slavery, servitude or forced or compulsory labour.”

Mr Raab argued these sanctions were the first step in the fight against those who commit some of the worst human rights violations across the world

He added: “We have deliberately focussed on the worst crimes so we have the clearest basis to make sure we can operate the new system as effectively as we possibly can.” 


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