WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The 2016 US Senate Budget Resolution passed on Friday includes an amendment to the Magnitsky Act that would advance inter-agency collaboration to identify and sanction foreign citizens for corruption or human rights abuses, US Senator Ben Cardin said in a statement on Monday.
“The Wicker-Cardin amendment would expedite interagency cooperation to identify additional foreign nationals subject to sanctions,” Cardin stated. “It would also impose sanctions on foreign persons responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights or significant acts of corruption.”
Magnitsky died in a pre-trial detention centre after almost a year after he was accused of conspiracy and abatement in serious company tax evasion by a group of individuals.
The amendment by Cardin and US Senator Roger Wicker would expand the Magnitsky Act sanctions on the individuals’ financial activities and travel.
Russia has responded to the Magnitsky Act by issuing its own list, which includes US officials linked to human rights violations at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.