On September 4, 2008, the Special Economic Measures (Zimbabwe) Regulations (SOR/2008-248) came into force in order to respond to the gravity of the situation in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has been in serious decline for a decade; however, events since March 2008, including a marked escalation in human rights violations and violence directed at the political opposition, a stolen election, the denial of a peaceful democratic transition and a worsening humanitarian situation have taken the crisis to a new level.
Subject to certain exceptions, the measures implemented by the Regulations include:
Canada also has certain policy measures in place with regard to Zimbabwe. More information on these measures can be found at the following link: Canada-Zimbabwe Relations.
Under the Regulations, the Governor in Council may approve and list on a schedule to the Regulations the names of persons for which there are reasonable grounds to believe that they are connected with the Government of Zimbabwe or persons or entities engaged in activities that seriously undermine democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe. The Regulations provide a review mechanism to remove names from the schedule upon receipt of a petition from a designated person. Follow this link for an administrative list of designated persons subject to the assets freeze pursuant to section 6 of the Regulations.
The Special Economic Measures (Zimbabwe) Permit Authorization Order (SOR/2008-249), made pursuant to subsection 4(4) of the Special Economic Measures Act authorizes the Minister of Foreign Affairs to issue to any person in Canada or any Canadian outside Canada a permit to carry out a specified activity or transaction, or any class of activity or transaction, that is restricted or prohibited pursuant to the Regulations.
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