Special Economic Measures Act

Canada imposes new sanctions in response to Russia’s aggressive actions 

March 15, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

In coordination with the European Union and the United States, Canada is today announcing new sanctions in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Black Sea and Kerch Strait and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is announcing these sanctions on 114 individuals and 15 entities, under the Special Economic Measures Act.

These sanctions are in response to Russia’s military actions against three Ukrainian vessels and the capture of Ukrainian sailors in the Black Sea in November 2018. Today’s measures, coordinated with the European Union and the United States, underscore continued transatlantic unity in responding to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and its violation of international law.

Canada is also sanctioning a number of individuals and entities responsible for the illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea and the destabilization of eastern Ukraine.

Quotes

“Canada and its allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait and its illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea will not go unchecked.

“Alongside our international partners, we call on Russia to immediately release the 24 detained Ukrainian servicemen and return the seized vessels. Russia must allow free and unhindered passage through the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.

“Today’s sanctions demonstrate that Canada and the international community are ready to impose costs on Russia when it ignores international law and the rules-based international order.”

– Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has sanctioned 300 individuals and entities, many in coordination with our allies. Today’s sanctions bring this total to 429. Canada’s sanctions impose asset freezes and dealings prohibitions. 

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Canada imposes further sanctions in response to ongoing crisis in Myanmar

June 25, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced targeted sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations against seven additional Myanmar nationals involved in the military operations launched in Rakhine State in August 2017, which have led to the ongoing crisis.

These sanctions are imposed as a result of the significant role played by senior military officials in the brutal violence and persecution against the Rohingya communities in Myanmar, which has forced over 720,000 Rohingya to flee their homes.

Canada is committed to protecting the human rights of the Rohingya and all other ethnic groups in Myanmar. We will continue to work together with the international community, including the European Union.

Quotes

“Today, the European Union and Canada have announced sanctions against some of the key military leaders who were involved in atrocities and human rights violations in Rakhine State, including sexual and gender-based violence. Canada and the international community cannot be silent. This is ethnic cleansing. These are crimes against humanity.”

– Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • In a coordinated effort to address Myanmar’s ongoing crisis, Canada and the European Union both announced sanctions today against the same seven Myanmar nationals involved in the military operations launched in Rakhine State in August 2017.
  • On February 16, 2018, Canada imposed targeted sanctions against Major General Maung Maung Soe under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.
  • On December 13, 2007, the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations came into force in order to respond to the gravity of the human rights and humanitarian situation in Myanmar, which threatened peace and security in the region.
  • On May 23, 2018, based on recommendations highlighted in the final report of the Honourable Bob Rae, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, Canada unveiled its strategy to meet the needs of those displaced and most vulnerable.

 

On Friday, OSFI announced that, on June 25th, seven individuals were added to the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations. However, the notice says that the amended regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette at a later date – but that Canadians are responsible for the new names immediately. Not sure how that works, but…

And Global Affairs Canada issued the following press release:

Canada imposes further sanctions in response to ongoing crisis in Myanmar

News release

June 25, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced targeted sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations against seven additional Myanmar nationals involved in the military operations launched in Rakhine State in August 2017, which have led to the ongoing crisis.

These sanctions are imposed as a result of the significant role played by senior military officials in the brutal violence and persecution against the Rohingya communities in Myanmar, which has forced over 720,000 Rohingya to flee their homes.

Canada is committed to protecting the human rights of the Rohingya and all other ethnic groups in Myanmar. We will continue to work together with the international community, including the European Union.

 

Quotes

“Today, the European Union and Canada have announced sanctions against some of the key military leaders who were involved in atrocities and human rights violations in Rakhine State, including sexual and gender-based violence. Canada and the international community cannot be silent. This is ethnic cleansing. These are crimes against humanity.”

– Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • In a coordinated effort to address Myanmar’s ongoing crisis, Canada and the European Union both announced sanctions today against the same seven Myanmar nationals involved in the military operations launched in Rakhine State in August 2017.

  • On February 16, 2018, Canada imposed targeted sanctions against Major General Maung Maung Soe under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.

  • On December 13, 2007, the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations came into force in order to respond to the gravity of the human rights and humanitarian situation in Myanmar, which threatened peace and security in the region.

  • On May 23, 2018, based on recommendations highlighted in the final report of the Honourable Bob Rae, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, Canada unveiled its strategy to meet the needs of those displaced and most vulnerable.

Links:

OSFI Notice

Global Affairs Canada Press Release

On May 30th, DFATD amended the Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Act (SEMA) Regulations by adding the following individuals:

  1. Tania Valentina DÍAZ GONZÁLEZ
  2. Fidel Ernesto VÁSQUEZ IRIARTE
  3. Carolys Helena PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ
  4. Cilia Adela FLORES DE MADURO
  5. Erika del Valle FARÍAS PEÑA
  6. Ramón Darío VIVAS VELASCO
  7. Christian TYRONE ZERPA
  8. Fanny Beatriz MÁRQUEZ CORDERO
  9. Malaquías Gil RODRÍGUEZ
  10. Indira Maira ALFONZO IZAGUIRRE
  11. Jhannett María MADRIZ SOTILLO
  12. Carlos Enrique QUINTERO CUEVAS
  13. Xavier Antonio MORENO REYES
  14. Carlos Alberto ROTONDARO COVA

But OSFI only sent an email notice on June 13th. So, Mr. Watchlist now went and found the email subscription link for DFATD… Grrr!!

Link:

Amended Venezuela SEMA Regulations

Posted on OSFI’s website:

Sanctions related to Venezuela have been enacted under the Special Economic Measures Act in order to implement the decision of the Association formed between Canada and the United States of America on September 5, 2017. 

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has issued a notice and updated reporting forms and instructions to assist federally regulated financial institutions in meeting their obligations under the regulations. 

The Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Regulations impose an asset freeze and dealings prohibition on listed persons. The Regulations prohibit any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada from:

  • dealing in property, wherever situated, that is owned, held or controlled by listed persons or a person acting on behalf of a listed person;
  • entering into or facilitating any transaction related to a dealing prohibited by these Regulations;
  • providing any financial or related services in respect of a dealing prohibited by these Regulations;
  • making available any goods, wherever situated, to a listed person or a person acting on behalf of a listed person; and
  • providing any financial or other related services to or for the benefit of a listed person.

Links:

Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Regulations

OSFI Notice

Reporting Forms and Instructions