Pres. Trump Passes Order to Seize Properties of Corrupt Gov’t officials, Individuals
Monrovia – President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to block the properties of persons or entities involved in serious human rights abuse and corruption outside of the United States of America.
Report by Alpha Daffae Senkpeni, [email protected]
The executive order frowns on the actions of individuals outside the US that threaten the stability of international political and economic system and violet human rights.
President Trump said the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States have reached such scope and gravity and threatens the stability of international political and economic systems.
The White House states that human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies and have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets.
“The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons,” the Executive Order quoted President Trump.
He declared that the human rights abuse and corruption happening around the world as “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”
President Trump’s move seeks to block all property and interest of persons listed in the order.
The order says, entities and individuals targeted are current or former government officials, or persons acting for or on behalf of such an official (s).
They are responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in corruption including misappropriation of states assets, shady contracts, or the extraction of natural resources, bribery, transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds of corruption, the order states.
It also cautions individuals, entities or governments that have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of corruption or human rights abuse.
Properties of said individuals will be blocked or may not be transferred, paid, exported or withdrawn as determine by the Secretary of the US Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General.
“All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in,” the executive order states.
According to section two of the executive order, an alien or unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States that violet the order are suspended from entering the US.
Such persons shall be treated according to the presidential order and their entry is also suspended into the US as endorsed by the UN Security Council.
The order also expressed concern over the making of donations by targeted individuals, institutions or governments.
“…Any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order,” President trump said.
It continues: “The making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.”
The executive order also warns against the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person and warns against any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions.