Domestic prosecutorial mechanisms in third countries, with functioning and independent judicial systems, seem to be a reasonable option for victims, their lawyers and civil society organizations. The United States, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have already adopted Magnitsky sanctions or similar laws, and the European Commission has recently pledged to forth a European Magnitsky act to target perpetrators of human rights abuses.
While many civil society actors from the FSU regional know about targeted sanctions, fragile understanding about how the tool works in practice, poor drafting of sanctions requests and lack of quality supporting evidence have led to the unsuccessful implementation of this tool. In fact, beyond the case of Sergey Magnitsky, sanctions have been used to a very limited degree in the FSU region and include only a small number of perpetrators from the North Caucasus and Ukraine. The Human Rights Impact Hub therefore seeks to boost the use of this promising accountability instrument.