Commend Obama for Acting on Russian Human Rights Violations

Target: President Obama

Goal: Commended Obama for sanctioning Russian officials for human rights violations and urge him to pursue these ends more aggressively.

The Obama Administration recently sanctioned 18 Russian officials for human rights violations, under a new human rights law passed in December 2012.  The incident arose after Sergei L. Magnitsky, a lawyer who was investing high-level political corruption in Russia, was not only arrested for questionable reasons, but also died while in custody.  Identifying a number of Russian officials involved, the US government barred 18 of them from traveling to America and froze their assets. In the face of rising tensions between the United States and Russia, Obama’s decision to sanction these officials was a very difficult choice, but one that had to be made.

The problem with these sanctions is that the US government has not targeted any high-level Russian officials suspected to be involved in these human rights violations.  There is no doubt this lack of high-level sanctions has to do with the upcoming negotiations regarding the future of US-Russian relations. However, if this new human rights law is going to be effectively enforced, all of those responsible must be held to the same standards.  If not, this new law loses all legitimacy.

The Magnisky family submitted a list of 280 Russian officials who could, or should be sanctioned, including Yuri Y. Chaika the Russian government’s chief prosecutor. Dozens of human rights activist groups are mentioning other high-level officials who should be sanctioned for other  injustices that the US government has “credible information” about.

Though these sanctions are a step in the right direction, the law needs to be extended to all those responsible to be truly effective. Please sign this petition and urge President Obama to peruse a harder line in regards to sanctioning human rights violators.


Dear President Obama,

The decision to sanction Russian officials for human rights violations is one that must be commended.  Not only was it a decision that you knew you anger the Russian government, but it was also a very important application of the new human rights bill passed in December of 2012.  That being said, many of the high-ranking officials that were suspected to be involved in the death of Mr. Magnisky, as well as numerous other injustices, avoided any punishment.

If this new law is to retain its power and effectively cut down of human rights violations, all those responsible must be subjected to some sort of sanctions.  If not, this new law loses all sense of fairness and legitimacy.

Please ensure those responsible for these injustices do not go unpunished, especially those high-ranking officials who are supposed to ensure the fairness of a modern government.


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