Parliamentary Question: VP/HR — Follow-up regarding restrictive measures to Russian officials in Magnitsky case

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21 July 2011 E-007179/2011   Question for written answer to the Commission Rule 117 Marietje Schaake (ALDE) , Leonidas Donskis (ALDE) , Edward McMillan-Scott (ALDE) , Barbara Lochbihler (Verts/ALE) , Kristiina Ojuland (ALDE) and Sir Graham Watson (ALDE)  Subject: VP/HR — Follow-up regarding restrictive measures to Russian officials in Magnitsky case In the Resolution on ‘Human rights in the world in 2009 and EU policy on the matter’ (2010/2202(INI) (the ‘Resolution’) adopted on 16 December 2010, Article 120 calls upon the Council to insist that the Russian authorities bring those responsible for the death of the Russian Attorney Sergej Magnitsky (‘Magnitsky’) to justice . It also calls on it to consider imposing an EU entry ban for Russian officials involved in this case, and encourages EC law enforcement agencies to cooperate in freezing bank accounts and other assets of these Russian officials in all EU Member States. On 20 May 2011 the ‘Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2011’ was adopted (the ‘Act’) in the US House of Representatives, targeting those involved in Magnitsky’s case and also targeting individuals responsible for other extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of human rights. The Act also seeks to protect individuals who expose illegal activity by Russian Government officials as well as extend protection to those who advocate freedom of expression, religion or other democratic principles. The Dutch Parliament on 29 June 2011 unanimously adopted a motion encouraging the Dutch Government to adopt restrictive measures against Russian officials involved in the death of the Russian Attorney Sergej Magnitsky, in line with the EU and US initiatives. 1. Can the HR/VP provide an overview of actions taken in response to the Resolution and to push for a thorough investigation into Magnitsky’s death, if not why not? 2. Can the HR/VP point out which (additional) actions will be taken in order to ensure that the requests of the Parliament in the Resolution will be granted and/or that those responsible for Magnitsky’s death will be brought to justice, if not why not? 3. Is the HR/VP willing to broaden the European Parliament’s initial calls for the imposition of restrictive measures as laid down in the Resolution to individuals responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of human rights as laid down in the Act, if not, why not? 4. When does the HR/VP plan to discuss the Resolution and the additional wording added in the Act, in the European Council of Foreign Ministers, with a view to arriving at a united position? Please find the answer here.