THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

Issue 57, February 2017

Canadian parliamentary committee reviews its sanctions policy

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In November 2016, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Parliament of Canada conducted a review of Canada’s sanctions policy. The remit of the review included the Special Economic Measures Act 1992 (‘SEMA’) and the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act 2011 (‘FACFOA’). In particular, the Committee considered whether SEMA needs to be updated to take into account gross violations of internationally recognised human rights. This was the first parliamentary review of SEMA since it was enacted. ‘We have not had a lot of change in our sanctions legislation in a long time,’ says Cyndee...

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