The first set of regulations under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA) have gone in to effect. Persons subject to UK jurisdiction must immediately freeze funds and not make economic resources available to the 49 entries added to the consolidated list.
This includes 47 individuals and two entities, primarily from Saudi Arabia, for involvement in the killing or cover-up the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Russia, for involvement in the mistreatment and death of Sergei Magnitsky. Other listings relate to involvement in human rights abuses in the Rakhine state in Myanmar. The two entity listings are involved in unlawful detentions in North Korea.
Today, the United Kingdom has launched the Global Human Rights regime, which is the first UK sanctions regime to operate under the UK's Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Sanctions Act). The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 ensure UK sanctions relating to serious violations of human rights are implemented effectively.