Highlights/sanctions

International, Politics

Venezuelan human rights activist urges Canada to maintain tough sanctions on Maduro government

A prominent Venezuelan human rights activist is urging Canada and other Western democracies to continue applying diplomatic and economic pressure on the Maduro government but rejects the idea of using military force to overthrow the increasingly autocratic regime. Francisco Valencia,» 

International, Politics

Canada imposes further sanctions on Venezuela

Canada has imposed further sanctions on key figures in the government of the newly re-elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in response to what Ottawa has called “the illegitimate and anti-democratic presidential elections” held in Venezuela on May 20. Foreign Affairs» 

International, Politics

Ottawa imposes sanctions on Myanmar general over Rohingya abuses

The federal government has imposed sanctions on a high-ranking member of the Myanmar military under Canada’s newly adopted Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday. Maj.-Gen. Maung Maung Soe is being targeted» 

International

Canada must do more to save the Rohingya: HRW

Strong words from Canada and its generous humanitarian assistance to the victims of ethnic cleaning in Myanmar are good but not enough to save the Rohingya, says Farida Deif, Canadian director for Human Rights Watch. More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims» 

International, Politics

Canada sanctions Russian, South Sudanese and Venezuelan officials under new Magnitsky Act

Less than three weeks after Canada became the fourth country in the world to adopt its version of the Magnitsky Act, Ottawa unveiled a new sanction list targeting 52 individuals in Russia, South Sudan and Venezuela suspected of corruption and» 

International, Politics

Canada condemns Venezuela’s ‘undemocratic’ vote but won’t join U.S. sanctions yet

The Liberal government “denounces and condemns” Sunday’s vote for a new legislative superbody in Venezuela that gives President Nicolas Maduro sweeping powers to reshape the country’s political system but will not follow the Trump administration in imposing sanctions on the» 

International, Politics

Trudeau discusses Russian sanctions with Ukrainian president

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to coordinate Ottawa’s and Kyiv’s positions on Russia as well as strengthen bilateral ties, the Prime Minister’s Office announced. “The leaders discussed the importance of maintaining unity on sanctions» 

International, Politics

Russia warns Canada over ‘blatantly unfriendly’ Magnitsky Act

The Kremlin fired a diplomatic shot across Ottawa’s bow Thursday, warning that the adoption of a Canadian version of a U.S. law that imposes financial sanctions and travel bans on high-ranking Russian officials will cause serious damage in relations between» 

International, Politics

Canada targets Syrian leadership with links to chemical weapons

A week after Ottawa announced sanctions against 27 high-ranking officials in the Assad regime, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland expanded the sanctions today by listing additional individuals and entities. The amended list under Canada’s Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations» 

International, Politics

Canada lifts sanctions on Europe’s ‘last dictator’

Western leaders used to call him Europe’s last dictator. But Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic with an iron fist since 1994, is clawing his way back to Western favour largely thanks to the unintended»