Magnitsky Act inquiry to hear from Global Experts

Issue date: Friday, 8 May 2020

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Mr Geoffery Robertson OAM Queens Counsel and Ms Amal Clooney will be among the experts to appear before an inquiry on whether to impose sanctions upon individuals who commit human rights abuses.

The public hearing will be held on Friday 15th May at Parliament House with witnesses appearing via videoconference.

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, confirmed that interest in the Inquiry is strong, with international human rights legal experts keen to provide evidence.

‘The Sub-Committee looks forward to contributions from a number of pre-eminent human rights experts who are experienced with Magnitsky-style laws at the global level. The Sub-Committee will learn from international experience and collaboration. The evidence indicates that communication and collaboration between jurisdictions is vital to the success of targeted sanctions’, Mr Andrews said.

Other witnesses will include the Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury representing the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, Professor Irwin Cotler and Mr Bill Browder, widely credited with instigating Magnitsky legislation.

Senator Fawcett, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade said, ‘The level of interest in this inquiry reflects the high level of international commitment to human rights, and recognition that Australia’s contribution to a global collective effort is vital’.

The proceedings will be broadcast via Morning and evening sessions will allow experts from various time zones to participate. A full program will be released closer to the time.

Media inquiries

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP
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Committee Secretariat
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