Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption
Issued on: December 21, 2017
“I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption … have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems.
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.”
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or control of any United States person or the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in …
Any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse …”
[The term “person” means an individual or entity … The term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization]
“I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”