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September 07, 2008 

Canada Imposes Economic Sanctions and Arms Embargo on Zimbabwe

The Canadian Government last week imposed targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe. These sanctions, which are being implemented through the Special Economic Measures (Zimbabwe) Regulations, include the following restrictions:

  • Ban on the export of arms and related material to Zimbabwe or to any person in Zimbabwe;
  • Prohibition on the transport of arms and related material to Zimbabwe aboard a Canadian vessel or aircraft;
  • Prohibition on the provision of technical or financial assistance or services relating to arms and related material, including the provision, transfer or communication of technical data, to Zimbabwe or any person in Zimbabwe;
  • Requirement on any person in Canada and Canadian outside of Canada to freeze the assets of listed Zimbabwean persons and entities;
  • Prohibition on Zimbabwean aircraft from flying over or landing in Canada.

Under these regulations, the Canadian Government can approve a list containing the names of persons for which there are reasonable grounds to believe that they are connected with the Government of Zimbabwe or persons or entities engaged in activities that seriously undermine democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe. The Regulations also provide a review mechanism to remove names from the schedule upon receipt of a petition from a designated person.

The U.S. has imposed an arms embargo on Zimbabwe since April 17, 2002 and other economic sanctions administered by OFAC on the Mugabe regime since 2003.

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