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Today, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has published its Annual Sanctions Report, detailing its huge successes on sanctions since leaving the European Union.
Sanctions are used to maintain international security, support foreign policy and national security, and prevent terrorism.
Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, described the UK as a “network of liberty and defender of human rights.”
Now, freed from the red tape of the European Union, the UK is a “fully-fledged independent sanctions player on the world stage”.
He said: “Since leaving the EU and moving to an independent sanctions policy, the UK has become more agile and has real autonomy to decide how we use sanctions and where it is in our interests to do so.”
There are updated sanctions against people associated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
From the end of the Transition Period to December 2021, there have been 160 UK autonomous sanctions designations across 13 regimes. It has also launched the Global Anti-Corruptions Sanctions regime. Ten new sanction measures have been added to the Belarus regime and 16 pieces of secondary legislation made.
On July 6, 2020, the UK launched the Global Human Rights sanctions regime which gave the Foreign Secretary the ability to sanction those implicated in human rights abuses globally.
The sanctions allow asset freezes and travel bans on individuals and entities involved in torture, forced labour or violations of the right to life.
In April 2021, the UK Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions regime followed, enabling the UK to combat serious corruption around the world and prevent funds from being used to fund conflict, terrorism or organised crime.
Lord Ahmad says sanctions send a clear message that the UK is not a safe haven for anyone involved in serious corruption and human rights violations or abuses.
Lord Ahmad added: “These sanctions regimes are not about punishing countries or their populations. They are smart tools allowing the Government to impose both asset freezes and travel bans on specific individuals or entities in order to provide accountability for and deter corruption and serious violations of human rights around the world.”
On April 26, 2021, the UK clamped down on unrest in Myanmar, imposing a sanctions regime in response to the coup d’état staged by the Myanmar military.
The sanctions were used to promote peace and stability in the country. The new sanctions target the Myanmar military’s economic interests through asset freezes and travel bans on specific people.
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