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Coordinated human rights sanctions 'more powerful': U.S. official

State Department would welcome Magnitsky-like law in Japan, Fernandez says

Flags of the Group of Seven nations: Sanctions are one test of solidarity for the G-7.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Economic pressure on human rights violators works best when countries act together, a senior U.S. State Department official said ahead of a visit to Japan.

"Our sanctions are much more powerful, are much more effective, if they are done multilaterally," Jose Fernandez, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, told Nikkei in an interview on Friday.

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