Cases of human rights violations in Myanmar 

Backgrounder

Canada remains deeply concerned by the plight of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar. The extrajudicial killings and other gross violations of human rights, including sexual violence, are part of a widespread attack against the Rohingya. These are crimes against humanity.

Effective immediately, Canada is imposing sanctions pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act against Major-General Maung Maung Soe. This individual is, in the opinion of Canada’s Governor-in-Council, responsible for, or complicit in, gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals in Myanmar who sought to exercise and defend their human rights and freedoms.

These sanctions impose a dealings prohibition, which effectively freezes the individual’s assets in Canada and render him inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

This listing is in addition to previous sanctions related to Myanmar that were imposed in 2007 and amended in 2012 under the Special Economic Measures Act. These sanctions were in response to the gravity of the human rights and humanitarian situation in Myanmar, which affected peace and security in the entire region.


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