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We demand that the U.S. Congress repeals the Magnitsky Act

Created by R.T. on April 23, 2016

We demand that the Magnitsky Act should be repealed because it was adopted as a result of lobbying by two frauds (Browder and Khodorkovsky) wanted by Russian law enforcement.
Their lobbying activities have been proved by citizen journalists and act against the U.S. national interest.
The Magnitsky Act discredits the U.S. legislature and thus it should be repealed.

Foreign Policy

Response to Petition

A response for your petition on the Magnitsky Act:

Thank you for signing this petition about the Magnitsky Act on the We the People platform.

As you may know, President Obama signed into law the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 on December 14, 2012.

Despite widely-publicized, compelling evidence of criminal conduct resulting in Sergei Magnitsky’s detention, abuse, and death, Russian authorities have failed to bring to justice those responsible. This law holds Russians accountable for their roles in the Magnitsky case or their responsibility for certain gross violations of human rights.

More than six years after his death, we remain disturbed by the impunity for this and other violent crimes against activists, journalists, and the political opposition. We are also concerned by the growing atmosphere of intimidation toward those who work to uncover corruption or human rights violations in the Russian Federation.

As the State Department has said:

"The Administration intends to carry out and fully implement the Magnitsky Act. It reflects our support for human rights and that those responsible for human rights abuses should be held to account…That’s what the act says; that’s what we intend to do."

An Update on the Magnitsky Act

In February, Secretary of State John Kerry submitted to Congress its third annual report outlining the U.S. Government’s actions to implement the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012. Here's what's in the report:

- This report contains five names. It includes those determined to have been responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, to have financially benefited from his detention, abuse, or death, to have participated in efforts to conceal the legal liability for his detention, abuse or death, or to have been involved in the criminal conspiracy uncovered by Magnitsky.

- The list also includes those determined to have been responsible for certain other gross human rights violations in Russia, as set forth in the law.

- Each of the most recently added names was considered after extensive research, including consultations with Russian and/or international civil society. The additions include individuals who currently play significant roles in the repressive machinery of Russia’s law enforcement systems.

Efforts to implement the Magnitsky Act have so far resulted in a significant list of individuals responsible for Magnitsky’s death and subsequent cover-up, as well as others responsible for gross human rights violations. The list promotes accountability for their actions.

The State Department consistently urges the Russian government to prosecute those responsible for the wrongful death of Sergei Magnitsky as the best means for dealing with concerns.

Thank you for raising your voices by using this platform.

-- The We the People Team

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