Restrictive measures against UK Human Rights Designations
Last revised:12 October 2020
Overview of current sanctions measures
The UK Global Human Rights sanctions regime is aimed at deterring and providing accountability for serious violations of an individual’s human rights:
right to life
right not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
right to be free from slavery, not to be held in servitude or required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
Current financial sanction measures against persons designated by the UK on human rights grounds include:
freezing of funds and economic resources
9 October 2020
HM Treasury notice: Seventeen asset-freeze designations have been corrected on the UK Sanctions List to bring them up to date with the UK Regulations. Any asset-freeze designations made under the UK Regulation are effective immediately in Jersey.
30 September 2020
HM Treasury notice: Two asset-freeze designations have been corrected on the UK Sanctions List to bring them up to date with the UK Regulations.Any asset-freeze designations made under the UK Regulation are effective immediately in Jersey.
29 September 2020
HM Treasury notice: Eight asset-freeze designations have been amended and one asset-freeze designation has been updated under the UK Regulations with effect from 29 September 2020. Any asset-freeze designations made under the UK Regulation are effective immediately in Jersey.
In UK, the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 (the UK Regulations) were made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 ( the SAMLA) and provide for the freezing of funds and economic resources of certain persons, entities or bodies responsible for or involved in serious violations of human rights.
In Jersey, the Minister for External Relations, in pursuance of Article 3 of the Sanctions and Asset-Freezing (Jersey) Law 2019 (the SAFL) and having regard to the UK Regulations, made the Sanctions and Asset-Freezing (UK Human Rights Designations) (Jersey) Order 2020 (the Jersey Human Rights Order), in force from 7 July2020.
The Jersey Human Rights Order imposes the asset-freeze provisions in Part 3 of the SAFL, by designating any person listed under regulation 5 of the UK Regulations for the purposes of regulations 11 to 15 of those Regulations. Additionally, the UK Human Rights Order makes reference to the “relevant acts” of the UK Regulations, to be considered when the Minister deciding whether to grant, vary or revoke a licence under Article 16 of the SAFL. The reference to offences listed under Parts 6 and 8 of the SAFL, equally applies to the Jersey Human Rights Order.