U.S. House of Representatives Prepared Bill on Sanctions Against Kremlin for Human Rights Abuse
The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives prepared the draft resolution on the sanctions against the leadership of Russia for criminal persecution of the journalists, political opposition figures, civil society, and religious freedom activists as the press service of the House of Representatives reported.
“Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Michael T. McCaul, the Committee’s Ranking Member, today introduced legislation condemning the Kremlin’s practice of imprisoning journalists, political opposition figures, civil society, and religious freedom activists in Russia,” the message said.
The resolution condemns, among other things, the practice of imprisoning political opponents, journalists, civil society and religious activists. “The House of Representatives is condemning the practice of politically motivated imprisonment and calling for the immediate release of political prisoners in the Russian Federation and urging action by the United States Government to impose sanctions with respect to persons responsible for that form of human rights abuse,” it says.
“Vladimir Putin is a cruel authoritarian with a long track record of silencing civil liberties, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech, political opposition, and democracy. We need only to look at the violent killing of Putin-critic Boris Nemtsov to see how Putin brutally suppresses those who speak out against him,” Engel said.
The congressmen note that the bill should become a bipartisan message to Kremlin that the U.S. Congress supports ‘the heroes who put their lives at risk for freedom and democracy’.
The House of Representatives also calls on the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury to use their authority under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and other applicable U.S. statutory authorities to designate officials of the Government of the Russian Federation who are responsible for human rights abuses in the form of politically motivated imprisonment.