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Bill Browder (l) with Stef Blok - Browder's appeal to the Dutch to name the Sergei Magnitsky case in its proposal failed (Photo: government.nl)

New EU human rights sanctions to focus on Africa

A new EU sanctions regime for human rights abusers ought to focus on the kinds of crimes most readily associated with African conflicts, the Dutch foreign minister has indicated.

The list of potential areas to target was outlined by Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok in his speech at a meeting with EU diplomats in The Hague on Tuesday (20 November).

He mentioned "sexual violence against women and girls in conflicts" and "militia leaders who recruit children as young as eight".

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Bill Browder (l) with Stef Blok - Browder's appeal to the Dutch to name the Sergei Magnitsky case in its proposal failed (Photo: government.nl)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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