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Eloise Somera

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On January 10, 2023, Canada enacted the Special Economic Measures (Sri Lanka) Regulations (the “Regulations”) in response to former state officials responsible for committing “gross and systemic violations of human rights”. The regulations entered into force on January 6, 2023 and list four individuals on Schedule 1, including former Presidents Gotabaya Pajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa. Generally speaking, listing under Schedule 1 of the Regulations imposes a dealings prohibition, effectively an asset freeze, against the listed…

On December 20, 2022, Canada announced amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Haiti) Regulations (the “Regulations”) in response to the “acts of significant corruption that are fueling the crisis” in Haiti. These amendments list an additional two individuals under the Schedule of the Regulations and took effect on December 15, 2022. There are now thirteen individuals listed under the Schedule of the Regulations. Both of the newly listed individuals are believed to be using their…

On December 9, 2022, Canada announced additional amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Regulations”) in response to “those complicit in gross and systematic human rights violations in Russia”. These amendments list an additional thirty-three individuals and six entities under Schedule 1 of the Regulations and took effect on December 7, 2022. There are now over 1,300 parties listed under Schedule 1 of the Regulations. Among the newly listed parties are current…

On December 9, 2022, Canada announced further amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (the “Regulations”) in response to those “who are complicit in gross and systematic human rights violations in Iran”. These amendments list an additional twenty-two individuals under Schedule 1 of the Regulations and entered into force on December 7, 2022. There are now over 290 parties listed under Schedule 1 of the Regulations. Among the newly listed parties are “senior members…