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New sanctions 'an important declaration of support for human rights and international law'

London | 6 July 2020 | Save the Children

"We hope this list marks a turning point and that the UK will take a leading global role in protecting children from harm."

Following the UK Government's announcement of new sanctions against human rights abusers, Denisa Delic, Head of Children and Armed Conflict at Save the Children, said:

"Today’s announcement of a new UK Sanctions list is an important declaration of support for human rights and international law. Without political, legal and financial costs for their actions, perpetrators will continue to ignore and break laws which protect children.

"While undoubtedly positive news, this list will only be successful if it is part of a broader range of measures to ensure those who commit some of the worst crimes against children are held to account

"Across the world in countries like Yemen, Myanmar and Syria children continue to be killed or maimed – often far from the public eye. The UK’s sanctions must be as effective for those children as they are for high profile cases, no matter who the perpetrator is. We hope this list marks a turning point and that the UK will take a leading global role in protecting children from harm. That's how to be a genuine 'force for good' on the world stage."

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