Canada imposes targeted sanctions in response to human rights violations in Myanmar

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February 16, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced, on behalf of the Government of Canada, targeted sanctions against Major-General Maung Maung Soe, under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act. These sanctions are a result of the significant role played by this key military official in human rights violations against the Rohingya in Myanmar and in the violence and persecution that has forced more than 688,000 Rohingya to flee their country.

By imposing sanctions against Major-General Maung Maung Soe, Canada demonstrates its continued and strong commitment to protecting the human rights of all Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Myanmar. 


“Canada will not stand by silently as crimes against humanity are committed against the Rohingya. We stand in solidarity with the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities as they struggle to see their rights respected. Myanmar’s military and civilian leaders have an obligation to respect the human rights of all people and those responsible for these atrocities must be held to account.”

- 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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