Support for United States sanctions regarding Myanmar


August 17, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the sanctions announced by the United States on Myanmar:

“Canada strongly supports the measures taken today by the United States to sanction perpetrators of atrocities and gross human rights violations committed in Myanmar. These measures align with Canada’s unwavering commitment to protect the human rights of Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Myanmar.

“On February 16, 2018, Canada announced targeted sanctions against one key military official, under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, as a result of the significant role he played in the human rights violations against the Rohingya in Rakhine State. On June 25, 2018, in a coordinated effort with the European Union, Canada announced additional targeted sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations against seven Myanmar nationals for their involvement in the military operations launched in Rakhine State in August 2017.

“Canada is determined to continue to work closely with the United States and other like-minded partners, to address in a coordinated fashion Myanmar’s ongoing crisis, and to enhance the effectiveness of the targeted sanctions.”

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