(No. 283 - October 4, 2011 – 4:15 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced new sanctions on Syria’s Assad regime in response to its ongoing and escalating repression of Syrian civilians. The measures announced today further expand Canada’s targeted sanctions against the Syrian regime and those that provide it with support.
“The push for political change has claimed thousands of lives with no sign the violence is letting up,” said Minister Baird. “We are committed to working with our international partners to pressure President Assad to step aside.”
The expanded measures include:
“These measures are not meant to add to the hardship already facing the Syrian people,” said Minister Baird. “Canada stands with the Syrian people in their efforts to secure freedom and democracy. We look forward to a new Syria that respects the rights of its people, and lives in peace with its neighbours.”
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Effective immediately, Canada is imposing a new set of sanctions on the Assad regime and those closest to it.
The additional individuals and entities announced today, and named below, bring the total of those targeted by Canada’s sanctions to 56 individuals and 21 entities.
Canada is also imposing prohibitions on any purchase or transportation of Syrian petroleum or petroleum products; all new investment in the Syrian oil sector; the provision or acquisition of financial services for the purpose of facilitating the importation, purchase or transportation of Syrian petroleum or petroleum products; and the provision or acquisition of financial services for the purpose of investing in the Syrian oil sector.
On May 24, 2011, Canada announced targeted sanctions against the Syrian regime and some designated individuals and entities in response to the ongoing violent crackdown by Syrian military and security forces against Syrians peacefully protesting for democracy and human rights. These previous measures, which were a blend of administrative measures and actions taken under the authority of the Special Economic Measures Act, are consistent with initiatives taken by like-minded states, including the United States and the European Union.
On August 13, 2011, Canada expanded sanctions by seeking to freeze the assets of four additional individuals and two additional entities associated with the Syrian government, and to ensure that those people believed to be inadmissible to Canada are prevented from travelling to Canada. Measures implemented by Canada include a prohibition on dealing in the property of listed individuals and entities—including the provision of financial services and making property available for their benefit—and travel restrictions.
A news release announcing the May 24 sanctions can be found at PM announces sanctions on Syria.
For more information on the August 13 announcement, please visit Statement by Minister Baird on Situation in Syria.