Are sanctions an effective punishment for human rights abuses? | Inside Story

It’s a crackdown on despots and dictators.
Britain’s government has announced its first sanctions since leaving the European Union.
They punish the perpetrators of what it calls ‘the gravest human rights offenders’.
The targets include suspects linked to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Russians connected to the killing of tax fraud whistleblower lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
The Kremlin is promising retaliation.
But will sanctions change anything?

Presenter: Imran Khan

Bill Browder – Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice campaign
David Haigh – Human Rights Lawyer, and Founder of the campaign group Detained International
Anastasia Gafarova – Political Writer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Political Information
Yasin Aktay – Chief Adviser to the Chairman of the AK Party, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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