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On May 7, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it will lift its comprehensive trade sanctions against Belarus. The change reflects Canada’s acknowledgement of the recent actions taken by the Government of Belarus, including the release of political prisoners and a presidential election marked by improved adherence to international norms. Lifting sanctions against Belarus will bring Canada into alignment with actions taken by the United States and European Union since October 2015. Canada imposes…

On March 18, 2016, Canada further expanded its sanctions against Russia and Ukraine, adding 2 individuals and 10 entities to the list of designated persons under Schedule 1 of the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Russia Regulations”). Canada also added 3 individuals and 4 entities to the list of designated persons under the schedule to the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations (the “Ukraine Regulations”). An unofficial copy of the regulations amending the Russia Regulations…

On February 5, 2016, the Government of Canada announced changes to its comprehensive economic and trade sanctions against Iran. The changes signal Canada’s willingness to re-engage in dialogue with Iran and follow the International Atomic Energy Agency’s announcement, on January 16, 2016, that Iran had fulfilled all necessary commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). January 16, 2016 is known as “Implementation Day”. On that date, the United Nations Security Council (“UNSC”), in accordance with Resolution…

On January 26, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it would begin to lift some sanctions on Iran; for the time being, however, comprehensive economic sanctions remain in place. Canada imposes sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act and has also enacted into domestic law the U.N. Security Council Resolutions on Iran under the United Nations Act. In his comments announcing that sanctions would be lifted, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion indicated that the…