On April 14, 2017, Global Affairs Canada announced new sanctions against the Assad regime. Canada’s Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations have been amended to list 27 additional individuals who are now subject to an asset freeze and dealings prohibition.

These individuals are high-ranking officials in the Assad regime. Adding their names to the sanctions list is part of additional international pressure on the regime to immediately end indiscriminate violence against its own people, like this month’s chemical weapons attack, and engage in meaningful negotiations.

The additional names are contained in the Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations (SOR/2017-62) (unofficial version) which was effective on April 13, 2017.