Canadian government expands sanctions against Syria

The federal government says it is imposing additional sanctions against the Bashar al-Assad regime as a violent crackdown continues against protesters in Syria.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today (October 4) announced the expanded measures, which include restrictions on travel, an asset freeze, and a ban on dealings with regime members and supporters.

The measures also include a ban on importing, purchasing, acquiring, carrying or shipping petroleum or petroleum products from Syria; and a ban on financing new investment in the oil industry or acquiring, purchasing, supplying or importing petroleum or petroleum products in Syria.

“The push for political change has claimed thousands of lives with no sign the violence is letting up. We are committed to working with our international partners to pressure President Assad to step aside,” Baird said in a statement.

In total, Canada’s sanctions against the Syrian regime have targeted more than 50 people and 21 entities.