Kasparov on Magnitsky

Filed under Government, News ~ by Press on  25 Jun 2020

Magnitsky inquiry to hear from Gary Kasparov and Tony Kevin.

An inquiry into whether Australia should adopt ‘Magnitsky-style’ laws will hear from human rights commentator and chess master, Gary Kasparov, and former Australian diplomat, Tony Kevin.

The inquiry is led by Sub-Committee Chair the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, who says the Sub-Committee is looking forward to the opportunity to speak to Mr Kasparov.

Mr Kasparov has been a strong advocate for Magnitsky-style legislation in other jurisdictions, and we are grateful that he has agreed to provide his perspective on such legislation in an Australian context.”

Also appearing at the hearing will be former Australian diplomat Tony Kevin who opposes Magnitsky-style legislation, that such laws violate international law and commonly accepted international practice.

While submissions to the inquiry have been overwhelmingly supportive of targeted sanctions, the Committee has noted some evidence with differing views,’ Mr Andrews said.

This public hearing will give the Sub-Committee the opportunity to interrogate arguments both for and against Magnitsky-style legislation in detail.”

More information about this inquiry, including submissions received by the Committee to date, is available on the Committee’s website.

Public hearing details

Date: Thursday 25 June 2020
Time: 3:15pm – 4.45pm
Location: Via teleconference

Transcript will be posted at aph.gov.au

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