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Britain will be able to impose sanctions on people who commit gross human rights violations under a so-called "Magnitsky amendment" backed by members of parliament on Tuesday.

The amendment to a new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering
Bill going through parliament passed without a vote, because it was backed both by the ruling Conservatives and the main opposition Labor Party.

Lawmakers referred to it during their debate as the Magnitsky amendment, in reference to Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was arrested in 2008 after alleging that Russian officials were involved in large-scale tax fraud. He died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after complaining of mistreatment.

The amendment is not specifically aimed at Russians, but it comes at a time of crisis in relations between Britain and Russia following a nerve agent attack in England on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, which London blames on Moscow.

Russia has denied any involvement in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. The standoff has led to tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats and fiery rhetoric on both sides.

Boris Johnson, Britain's foreign minister, called the passage of the amendment through the House of Commons an "important moment."

"These [provisions] will allow U.K. to act against those responsible for serious offenses worldwide. U.K. stands up for human rights globally," he said on Twitter.



 

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