UK sanctions relating to global human rights

Find out how the UK operates global human rights sanctions under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

The global human rights sanctions regime

The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 put in place sanctions measures to deter, and provide accountability for, activities which, if carried out by or on behalf of a State within the territory of that State, would amount to a serious violation by that State of an individual’s:

  • right to life
  • right not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • right to be free from slavery, not to be held in servitude or required to perform forced or compulsory labour

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Contact details

For further information on financial sanctions: contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation or subscribe to OFSI’s e-alerts

For general information on sanctions: contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Sanctions Unit on


Published 6 July 2020