Canada imposes sanctions on individuals linked to human rights violations and corruption

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November 3, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Under the new Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced targeted sanctions against 52 individuals.

The sanctions target individuals who are, in the opinion of the Government of Canada, responsible for, or complicit in, gross violations of internationally recognized human rights or acts of significant corruption.

These sanctions place an asset freeze in Canada on all listed people, and render listed persons as inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.


“Canada is determined to protect human rights and combat corruption worldwide. Today’s announcement sends a clear message that Canada will take action against individuals who have profited from acts of significant corruption or who have been involved in gross violations of human rights. Canada’s Parliament recently passed the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, and I am pleased we are today using this new and fit-for-purpose tool for the first time.”

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

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  • The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act entered into force on October 18, 2017.

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