The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament has unanimously supported the "Magnitsky Bill", which prevents foreigners connected with corruption, money laundering or violation of human rights from entering into the country, reports Delfi.
Corresponding amendments, which will regulate the legal status of foreigners in Lithuania, have been proposed for inclusion in the law.
"This will be applied as a political sanction - a ban on entry to the Republic of Lithuania for those who have committed gross violations of human rights or committed crimes of corruption in other states. We believe that this poses a threat to our state," explained the Chairman of the Committee, Juozas Bernatonis.
The ban will also apply to those who are included in the national lists of undesirable foreigners drawn up by the countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association and NATO.
One of the initiators of the project, Gabrielius Landsbergis, explained that such amendments were prepared taking into account the case of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer for Hermitage Capital, died in a Moscow detention facility in 2009. Laws named for him are already in force in the US (from 2012) and in Canada (since October 18, 2017). They impose personal sanctions against Russian citizens suspected of involvement in human rights violations.