Leyla Yunus, director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, will present the first Azerbaijani version of the Magnitsky Act at 12 p.m. on June 23 at the Center for Resistance Against Repressions (CRAR)’s office located at 63 Nizami Str. Apt. 30.
The original Magnitsky Act, which imposed individual sanctions on people involved in human rights and law violations, was first approved in the U.S. in December 2012. The list included 60 Russian officials and law-enforcement employees, who were involved in the death of the auditor of Hermitage Capital investment foundation, Sergey Magnitsky, in pretrial detention. The act was compiled by Sen. Benjamin Cardin. In addition to individual sanctions, travel bans and financial sanctions were imposed on the listed individuals.
Opposition figures in Azerbaijan repeatedly called for a similar act in regards to human rights violating Azerbaijani officials, judges and etc.