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Stockholm: Skyline International  proudly supports the European Union's unwavering commitment to defending human rights and combatting violations worldwide. Today, we commend the EU's decisive action in imposing restrictive measures against 18 individuals and 5 entities under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, holding them accountable for their involvement in serious human rights violations and abuses in Afghanistan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Ukraine, and Russia.

Skyline International recognizes the significance of the EU's actions against sexual and gender-based violence, as six individuals, including the acting Taliban Ministers of Education and Justice and the acting Taliban Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, were listed for their role in depriving Afghan girls and women of their right to education, access to justice, and gender equality. Additionally, the restrictive measures target a senior officer of the South Sudanese armed forces, a leading figure of the Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central African Republic, and a commander of the 30th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian armed forces, all of whom have perpetrated widespread attacks on civilian populations, employing sexual and gender-based violence as a means to instill terror.

Furthermore, Skyline International commends the EU's efforts in taking action against 12 other individuals and 5 entities responsible for serious human rights violations in Russia. Notably, this includes those who have misused facial recognition technology to facilitate arbitrary arrests and politically motivated rulings against opposition politicians, democracy activists, and outspoken Kremlin critics like Alexei Navalny and Vladimir Kara-Murza.

The entities subjected to the EU's sanctions include various bodies linked to the City of Moscow, a minister, and a deputy mayor in the city's government, as well as three companies involved in producing or organizing tenders for facial recognition systems. Additionally, individuals responsible for operating the penal colony where Alexei Navalny has been held since his politically motivated sentencing in March 2022 and an officer of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) personally involved in an attempt to assassinate Vladimir Kara-Murza through the use of a neurotoxin have also been targeted.

"Skyline International stands in solidarity with the European Union as it demonstrates its unwavering commitment to upholding human rights and combating impunity for grave violations," said a Spokesperson at Skyline International. "These targeted sanctions send a clear message to those responsible for human rights abuses that their actions will not go unpunished."

With the EU's restrictive measures under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime now applying to a total of 61 individuals and 20 entities, the affected individuals will face asset freezes, and EU citizens and companies are prohibited from providing financial support to them. Moreover, these individuals will be subject to a travel ban, preventing them from entering or transiting through EU territories.

Skyline International echoes the EU Council's concern expressed in its conclusions of 14 November 2022, about the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women and girls worldwide and the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence both in conflict and non-conflict settings, including online. The EU's commitment to counter such violence and ensure full accountability is a vital step toward combating impunity and promoting a world free from human rights abuses.

Skyline International further emphasizes its support for the EU's condemnation of the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia, particularly as a result of the unjustified and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine. This aggression has led to severe internal repression, including restrictions on freedom of opinion, expression, media freedom, and the introduction of war censorship. Additionally, Skyline International strongly denounces the escalating restrictive legislation and systematic repression against civil society, human rights defenders, independent media, journalists, political opposition members, and other critical voices.

For additional information on the EU's restrictive measures and the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, please refer to the Official Journal of the European Union.