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Canada expands sanctions against Syria
December 27, 2011

The Government of Canada announced new sanctions on Syria's Assad regime in response to its ongoing and escalating repression of Syrians.

The measures prohibit all imports, with the exception of food, from Syria; all new investment in Syria; and the export to Syria of equipment, including software, for the monitoring of telephone and Internet communications. Canada is also imposing an assets freeze and prohibiting economic dealings with additional individuals and entities associated with the Assad regime.

"Canada stands with the Syrian people in their efforts to secure for themselves a brighter future. We look forward to a new Syria that respects the rights of its people and lives in peace with its neighbours" said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. "Sanctions imposed by like-minded partners, including the United States and the European Union, and recently by the Arab League are having an impact in isolating the regime."

For more information, please visit Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations.

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