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Canadian Sanctions Related to Sierra Leone

The measures imposed against Sierra Leone have been repealed.

Recent developments

  • 2013-09-30 - Regulations were repealled
  • 2004-05-11 - Regulations were amended
  • 2000-09-21 - Regulations were amended
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The measures imposed against Sierra Leone have been repealed.


On October 8, 1997, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1132 imposing sanctions against Sierra Leone in response to the violence and loss of life and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Sierra Leone following the military coup of May 25, 1997. The sanctions regime was subsequently modified by the adoption of a number of resolutions, including Resolutions 1156 (1998), 1171 (1998), 1306 (2000), and 1446 (2002).

In accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, these measures were binding upon all states and Canada implemented them by making the United Nations Sierra Leone Regulations. Implementation of the travel ban imposed by Resolution 1171 (1998 was ensured in Canada under existing provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

On September 29, 2010, the Security Council decided in Resolution 1940 to terminate the measures that it had imposed.

On September 30, 2013, Canada repealed the United Nations Sierra Leone Regulations.

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Please be advised that Global Affairs Canada cannot provide legal advice to members of the public. For this reason, we cannot deliver an opinion as to whether or not a specific activity or transaction would contravene sanctions legislation. You should consider seeking legal advice in relation to an activity that may contravene a Canadian sanction law.

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