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On 22 March 2021, the EU imposed restrictive measures on eleven individuals and four entities in relation to alleged human rights violations, including:

  • four individuals and one company with links to the large-scale arbitrary detentions of Uyghurs in Xinjiang;
  • two individuals and one company in the DPRK, responsible for implementing repressive security policies and other human rights violations;
  • two officials in Libya and the armed Libyan militia, responsible for serious human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings;
  • two Russian individuals involved in violations of LGBTI rights in Chechnya;
  • the Major General of the South Sudan‘s People’s Defence Forces, in response to his role in the abduction and execution of three officers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition, and the clashes in response; and
  • the National Security Office of the Government of Eritrea, responsible for serious human rights violations in Eritrea including arbitrary arrests, killings, enforced disappearances and torture.

These measures were announced under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime. See European Council press release here.

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Sunny Mann is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's London office and co-leads the UK Compliance and Investigations Practice, as well as the UK International Commercial and Trade Practice. Both these practices are ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 UK. He has also worked in our Firm's Washington DC, New York and Sydney offices. Sunny also advises many clients on risk matters in India. He advises clients (including numerous FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 businesses) on compliance and investigations with respect to export controls, trade sanctions and anti-bribery rules. The Legal 500 ranked Sunny as a “Leading Practitioner", and as "excellent", with a ‘calm’ and "very practical" approach. The India Business Law Journal also noted that Sunny is "excellent and has deep experience in India". He is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, the leading institute for post-graduate European studies, where he teaches a course on Corporate Compliance.

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Adeel Haque is an Associate in Baker McKenzie's London office. He is a member of the International Commercial & Trade and Antitrust & Competition practice groups. Adeel qualified in September 2019 and has spent time working in the Firm's Hong Kong office.