Magnitsky Act inquiry gathers evidence

Issue date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020

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An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt Magnitsky-style laws to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses will hold two further public hearings this week, via teleconference.

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, says the inquiry is continuing, working around restrictions arising from the COVID-19, using teleconferences to connect witnesses and Sub-Committee Members.

‘A number of stakeholders have expressed support for the inquiry continuing, reflecting on the hardships their communities have been through in relation to human rights issues’, Mr Andrews said. 

‘These teleconference hearings will provide further evidence to inform a comprehensive report that the Human Rights Sub-committee is aiming to deliver later in the year.’

The public hearings will provide an opportunity for the Sub-committee to hear from human rights advocates and community groups.

Due to the current circumstances the Sub-committee is continuing to take submissions via the Inquiry website until April 30 2020. For further information, contact the Secretariat on 02 6277 2312 or

Public hearing details

Via teleconference

Tuesday 28 April 2020
12.00pm – 12.45pm

Thursday 30 April 2020
9.30am – 10.30am

Audio of the hearings will be streamed at

Media inquiries

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP
Contact: Cristy Elliott
03 9848 9900
02 6277 4023

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2313

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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