Magnitsky Amendments: Sunlight Is The Best Disinfectant

I pushed the Minister on the Magnitsky amendments. Full publication of names of human rights abusers and clarity on independent review mechanism are vital, if Bill is to succeed. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Stephen Kinnock: Along with other colleagues, I absolutely share the objectives of the Magnitsky provisions. I have been in touch with Bill Browder, for whom Sergei Magnitsky worked at the time of his brutal murder by the Russian authorities, and Mr Browder has made it absolutely clear to me that if this does not lead to the full publication the names of the people who are being sanctioned and to absolute clarity on the nature of the independent review that has just been mentioned, the Bill will have failed in its objectives. It is important that the Minister understands what Mr Bill Browder is saying on this matter.

Sir Alan Duncan: I can say that any person sanctioned under this Bill will have their name published on an administrative list, which will be publicly available. I hope that that will reassure the hon. Gentleman, the House and all those interested in this issue.