WASHINGTON -- The United States has sanctioned 52 more international figures as human rights abusers connected to the Global Magnitsky Act, targeting individuals from Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, Pakistan, and elsewhere.
Included on the list of sanctioned persons announced on December 21 are Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the late longtime Uzbek President Islam Karimov; and Artyom Chaika, the son of Russian Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika.
The announcement comes one day after the Treasury hit five Russian individuals under the Magnitsky act, including Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechnya region, accusing him of torture and "extra-judicial killings.
In the December 21 announcement, the Treasury said new sanctions against 39 individuals built on the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act passed last year by the U.S. Congress.
In addition, it said, "President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order today declaring a national emergency with respect to serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world and providing for the imposition of sanctions on actors engaged in these malign activities."
As part of the order, it said, sanctions were imposed on 13 individuals classified as "serious human rights abusers."
Along with Karimova and Chaika, it said it also sanctioned Mukhtar Hamid Shah of Pakistan, believed by Pakistani police to be involved in kidnapping, wrongful confinement, and the removal of and trafficking in human organs.
In addition, Burma military officer Maung Maung Soe was sanctioned for matters related to a brutal crackdown against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country’s Rakhine Province.