In this Tuesday April 4, file photo, Abdel Hameed Alyousef, 29, holds his twin babies who were killed during a suspected chemical weapons attack, in Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. Canada has responded by placing sanctions on some Syrian officials.

In this Tuesday April 4, file photo, Abdel Hameed Alyousef, 29, holds his twin babies who were killed during a suspected chemical weapons attack, in Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. Canada has responded by placing sanctions on some Syrian officials.
Photo Credit: Alaa Alyousef via AP, File

Canada sets sanctions against high-ranking Syrian officials

Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, has announced sanctions against 27 high-ranking officials in the Assad regime.

Freeland says the move is part of an effort to put international pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end indiscriminate violence against innocent children, women and men in the war-ravaged country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. © cbc.ca

In a statement issued Friday, Freeland says the 27 officials are now subject to an asset freeze and dealings prohibition.

The statement also says Canada is contributing to investigations on the use of chemical weapons and the collection of evidence to support the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.

“Last week’s chemical weapons attack in southern Idlib is a war crime and is unacceptable,” the statement said. “Canada is working with its allies to end the war in Syria and hold those responsible to account.”

Canada has committed $1.6 billion to efforts in the region to provide humanitarian, security, stabilization and development
assistance and has welcomed more than 40,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over the past 16 months.

With files from CP, BN and CBC News

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3 comments on “Canada sets sanctions against high-ranking Syrian officials
  1. Blanche Dumont says:

    Tell me why Canada is spending that much money in a country in war, the kind of country once in war stays in war almost forever, they seem to like seeing everything destroy around them, and the ones that do not like that kind of life should move and those are the one that other countries should help to get out of there. Putting money on the table over there in money completely lost for you feed them one day and tha next day they might be dead, help them out of there is the only way to help them!

  2. K.Beard says:

    While I am glad that we are helping Syrians by accepting refugees, I am still appalled by the fact that our First Nations peoples lack clean drinking water and sufficient housing. We provide free housing and Healthcare, along with welfare, but our Inuit peoples can’t access doctors or hospitals close to home. I am at a loss to explain these discrepancies to my own children. How do we explain this to indigenous children?

  3. Dinneesh says:

    Is MFA out of her mind? She is a stooge of US,Fed, Neocons. She is spoiling the name of Canada by associating with warmongers.