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On April 25, 2024, the Government of Canada announced further amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (the “Regulations”). These amendments list an additional two individuals and two entities in Schedule 1 of the Regulations. On April 14, 2024, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian proxies launched drones and missiles into Israel, Iran’s first-ever direct attack on Israel. The newly listed individuals and entities are associated with this attack and include: Major General…

On April 15, 2024, Canada announced new sanctions regulations under the Special Economic Measures Act in response to gross and systematic violations of human rights. The Special Economic Measures (Sudan) Regulations (the “Regulations”) designate six individuals and entities and entered into force on April 12, 2024. The Regulations were announced on the one-year mark of the ongoing conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forced (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan, who are fighting…

On April 15, 2024, Canada announced further amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations (the “Regulations”). These amendments list an additional 21 individuals under Schedule 1 of the Regulations in response to ongoing human rights violations in Belarus. The amendments took effect on April 12, 2024. The announcement follows a visit by the exiled Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, to Ottawa. The individuals targeted are current and former senior government officials involved in human rights abuses…

On March 1, 2024, the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced further import restrictions on diamonds and diamond-jewelry-related products from Russia. The amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Regulations”) prohibit any person in Canada and any Canadian outside of Canada from purchasing, importing, or acquiring certain diamonds mined or produced in Russia that are exported, processed and/or polished in a third country. The Regulations entered into force on February 29, 2024. The amendments…