Pressure and Principles: The EU’s Human Rights Sanctions on North Korea

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On Monday March 22, 2021, the European Union (EU) imposed its first-ever human rights sanctions on individuals and entities within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) under the aegis of its Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime. Adopted last December, the EU’s new sanctions regime was modeled after the Global Magnitsky Act introduced by the United States in 2016. Similar to Washington’s act, the EU’s sanctions regime allows the EU to target both individuals and entities that Brussels deems to be involved in serious human rights abuses. The new sanctions regime allows for restrictive measures, including travel bans and the freezing of funds, and bans EU individuals and entities from making funds available to those involved in the alleged human rights abuses.