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Targeted Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Sanctions Resources

U.S. Government Background Materials

The official text of the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016, passed by Congress as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill was signed into law on December 23, 2016.
Executive Order 13818 implements and expands upon the Global Magnitsky Act, detailing the scope and evidentiary standards by which the U.S. government applies targeted sanctions under the law. It was signed on December 21, 2017.​

Human Rights First’s Downloadable Resources

This brief fact sheet provides a general overview of the proliferation of targeted sanctions mechanisms in the United States as well as multilateral jurisdictions, including hyperlinks to the underlying legal basis for key programs and overviews of usage to date.
This brief fact sheet explains the Global Magnitsky sanctions program, including its legal basis, types of sanctions, and examples of usage to date.
This brief fact sheet explains the UK Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 20202 program, including its legal basis, types of sanctions, and examples of usage to date.
This reference document provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Global Magnitsky Act, Executive Order 13818, and implementation of the law in practice.
This document provides a template for NGOs interested in submitting a Global Magnitsky and/or Section 7031(c) recommendation to the U.S. government. To guide users, it combines best practices on creating a strong dossier with sample text, so that the reader can understand what to include to craft a compelling, well-supported sanctions submission. 
A comprehensive presentation slide deck providing background on targeted sanctions and an overview of the Global Magnitsky sanctions program.
This spreadsheet, maintained by Human Rights First, lists all persons publicly designated for sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act. The spreadsheet can be sorted by country, crime, date, and other fields, includes links to each Treasury Department sanctions announcement, and includes helpful data compilations in the second tab.
This spreadsheet, maintained by Human Rights First, lists all persons publicly designated for visa restrictions under Section 7031(c) of the annual Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act. The spreadsheet can be sorted by country, crime, date, and other fields, includes links to each State Department sanctions announcement, and includes helpful data compilations in the second tab.
A list of known, publicly-available letters from members of the U.S. Congress to the Executive Branch advancing recommendations that Global Magnitsky sanction authority be used in specific cases. This list is maintained by Human Rights First and is updated periodically.
This one-pager provides instructions on how to establish secure email communications for transmission of sensitive materials, using a free, simple, publicly available tool.

Articles on Global Magnitsky and Targeted Sanctions

This article is the first chapter in Human Rights First's Walking the Talk: 2021 Blueprints for a Human Rights-Centered U.S. Foreign Policy. This chapter focuses on concrete steps the administration taking office in January 2021 can take to improve targeted sanctions enforcement and thus promote greater accountability for human rights abuses and corruption.
This November 24, 2018 article co-authored by Rob Berschinski, Senior Vice-President for Policy at Human Rights First, explains that President Trump’s statement regarding Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman have brought him to the edge of illegality by defying his congressionally-mandated responsibilities under the Global Magnitsky Act.
This October 12, 2018 article by Rob Berschinski, Senior Vice-President for Policy at Human Rights First, explains how the decision by a bi-partisan group of U.S. senators to invoke for the first time a mandatory requirement in the Global Magnitsky Act might force U.S. government action in the case against murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
This November 9, 2018 article by Rob Berschinski, Senior Vice-President for Policy at human Rights First argues that the listing and de-listing of two Turkish cabinet ministers didn't help the Global Magnitsky Act's legitimacy, but did have a tie to the Khashoggi killing.
This August 6, 2018 article by Rob Berschinski, Senior Vice-President for Policy at Human Rights First, explains how the Trump Administration’s decision to use Global Magnitsky sanctions to punish Turkish officials over the detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson may have harmed the credibility of Global Magnitsky sanctions as a whole.
This January 10, 2018 Newsweek article by Rob Berschinski, senior vice-president for policy at Human Rights First, explains how Executive Order 13818 implemented and expanded upon the Global Magnitsky Act.