Updated: Jan 20
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Article by:Canadian Inquirer
United States (US) President Donald Trump just signed into law the US 2020 budget that includes an amendment that bans the entry of those involved in putting Senator Leila de Lima behind bars, on Friday, December 20.
Trump’s signature on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill 2020 which is part of the US government’s $1.4-trillion budget., authorizes the US secretary of State, currently Mike Pompeo, to prohibit foreign officials to whom he has “credible information [to] have been involved in the wrongful imprisonment” of De Lima “who was arrested in the Philippines in 2017.”
Specifically, the said provision in the section labelled “Prohibition on Entry” states that the US Secretary of State “shall apply subsection (c).” Subsection (c) is the US law, Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that sanctions those the US deems to be human rights offenders.