The UK government has passed the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (Commencement No. 4) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/78), which, among other things, brings section 13 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 into force on 31 January 2018.
Section 13 deals with the UK’s ‘Magnitsky-style’ provisions by expanding the definition of “unlawful conduct” under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) to include conduct (occurring outside of the UK) which “constitutes, or is connected with, the commission of a gross human rights abuse or violation”. Under Part 5 of POCA, an enforcement authority can apply for a recovery order (section 243), as well as seek a property freezing order (section 245A), in relation to property which is, or represents, property obtained through “unlawful conduct” (civil recovery proceedings). UK Government guidance here.