Inspired by the US Magnitsky Act, the scheme would impose asset freezes and visa bans, to punish individual culprits of human rights atrocities.
The proposal of an EU Human Rights Sanctions Regime is currently being considered by EU member states in the Council.
Similar legislative frameworks are already in place in the US, Canada, and several EU countries, with the purpose of sanctioning individuals responsible for human rights violations all over the world.
President Barack Obama signed the US Magnitsky Act in December 2012 to target the Russian officials deemed responsible for the death of Russian tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison, in 2009.
Procedure: non-legislative resolution
Procedure: 2019/2580 (RSP)
Debate: Tuesday, 12 March
Vote: Thursday, 14 March