14 Jan 2020

Fighting Impunity: First-ever comprehensive manual on using Magnitsky Act sanctions

Today, 15 January, Safeguard Defenders released "Fighting Impunity: A guide on how civil society can use Magnitsky Acts to sanction human rights violators". This comprehensive manual, aimed at civil society, is the first of its kind and provides step-by-step instructions on how to file recommendations for sanctions on perpetrators of gross human rights violations.

Two different editions of the manual can be downloaded as pdf files here (1-page layout) and here (double-page spread). A hardcopy, A4 full-color book edition is available on Amazon worldwide as well. You can also find the template form for filing recommendations here

This manual has been made possible due to significant support from a variety of sectors. To ensure strong feedback, all interviewees have been offered full anonymity, ranging from diplomats, government officials, those involved in drafting or developing the legislative texts, and members of the international NGO community working with Magnitsky Act sanctioning. Due to this, this manual offers not only the procedural step-by-step method for how civil society can interact with Magnitsky sanctioning but also the political realities behind how it actually works and what works best.

There is also a shorter, Investigator's handbook, on how to track down and find information on perpetrators, developed with China/Hong Kong due diligence investigators, available here.

The Chinese language edition is now available, with Vietnamese now out. Tibetan edition to be released in spring 2022.