NGO files Magnitsky sanctions recommendation in US against Chinese processors

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An NGO confirmed to SeafoodSource it has formally filed a recommendation to implement Global Magnitsky (GloMag) sanctions against Chinese companies named in the recent Outlaw Ocean report on labor issues in the U.S. seafood supply chain.

The Outlaw Ocean report revealed evidence that seafood processed by Uyghur labor in China has entered the U.S. supply chain – a violation of the U.S.’s Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act (UFLPA). The report – along with video evidence that was released later – identified Uyghur laborers in the supply chain of several Chinese processing and fishing companies that provide seafood to dozens of companies worldwide, including several in the U.S.

The U.S. originally passed the Magnitsky Act in 2012 in response to the death of Russian tax advisor Sergei Magnitsky, who was imprisoned and killed after revealing tax fraud in Russia. Congress then passed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act in 2016, and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump adopted Executive Order 13818, which created a U.S. sanctions program against human rights abuses anywhere in the world. 

GloMag sanctions, when implemented, impose a complete entry ban and asset freeze on companies or individuals targeted and cut off visa access and the ability to obtain or keep U.S.-based funds or property. U.S. companies are completely banned from any transactions involving sanctioned companies.

The NGO – which requested to not be named to protect its team of activists – has confirmed to SeafoodSource it is officially calling on the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to implement GloMag sanctions against ... 

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