Senate advances Russia rights bill

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
The Hill

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday reported out a Russian human rights bill over some objections from Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.).

... USA*Engage and the National Foreign Trade Council, two related business groups, criticized the passage of the bill.

“What began as a protest against a horrifying human rights violation has unfortunately led to the creation of yet another unilateral U.S. sanctions regime,” said USA*Engage Director Richard Sawaya. “The legislation approved today goes far beyond holding those who harmed Magnitsky accountable, with its call to address human rights violations ‘anywhere in the world.’ Passing such legislation will have serious political and diplomatic implications.”

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