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"Respect for human rights is a cornerstone of our foreign policy. The committee is deeply concerned about what happened to Sergei Magnitsky, and I strongly support the administration's decision to use its authority to bar human-rights abusers from coming to the U.S.," said Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Associated Press)

"Respect for human rights is a cornerstone of our foreign policy. The committee is deeply concerned about what happened to Sergei Magnitsky, and I strongly support the administration's decision to use its authority to bar human-rights abusers from coming to the U.S.," said Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Associated Press)

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