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Canadian labour and ecumenical delegation to observe election in Venezuela

While the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to reject Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela as a sham that “only serves to further entrench a dictatorial regime,” a group of Canadian electoral observers from labour, civil society and »

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Canada provides humanitarian assistance for Venezuelan refugees

Canada will provide $5.3 million in humanitarian assistance to Latin American and Caribbean countries that have sheltered hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan’s fleeing the political and humanitarian crisis being fuelled by the Maduro regime, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced »

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Canada to bring up North Korea, Venezuela and Ukraine at Munich Conference

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has a long list of world crises she would like to discuss with her counterparts at the Munich Security Conference in Germany this weekend, according to Canadian officials. The North Korean nuclear crisis, the situation »

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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 »

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Former Canadian justice minister to look into possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

A veteran Canadian politician and human rights campaigner has been appointed to a panel of international experts that will examine evidence collected on possible crimes against humanity committed in Venezuela, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday. Professor Irwin Cotler, »

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Canada condemns arrests of Venezuelan opposition leaders

Canada is “gravely alarmed” by the detention of two of Venezuela’s opposition leaders who were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by state security agents on Tuesday, said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Antonio Ledezma and »

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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 »

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Canada calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Assembly vote

Canada is calling on Venezuela’s socialist government to scrap the Sunday’s vote for a Constituent Assembly that will be tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution but Ottawa remains mum on whether it will join U.S. sanctions on high-ranking Venezuelan officials. »

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Canada concerned by attack on Venezuelan parliament

Canada is “deeply troubled” by today’s violence against Venezuela’s democratically-elected National Assembly, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. Ottawa’s reaction comes after dozens of government supporters burst into the opposition-controlled congress, attacking lawmakers and journalists in the »

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Canada’s policy in Venezuela is ‘anything but neutral,’ says national labour coalition

The Liberal government’s approach to championing human rights and security in the Americas is one-sided and selective, says a Canadian labour and civil society coalition. Common Frontiers, an umbrella group of labour and civil society organizations, says Canada needs to play »