Sat. Nov 19th, 2022

Canada has announced additional sanctions against Haitian political elites who “provide illicit financial and operational support to armed gangs,” Canada’s global affairs statement said Saturday.

Three new people have been sanctioned and banned from doing business, effectively freezing any assets they may have in Canada, the statement said.

Since the assassination of former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in 2021, Haiti has been dealing with several internal problems — the situation seriously escalated in September when Haitian gangs blockaded a gas storage facility resulting in fuel shortages.

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On November 4, the Canadian government announced sanctions against Joseph Lambert, the president of the Haitian Senate, and Youri Latortue, the former president of the Senate, for their involvement in “gross and systematic violations of human rights” and their participation in acts that “threaten the peace, security and stability of Haiti .”

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In a statement released Saturday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said the government would continue to put “pressure on armed gangs and their supporters to help the Haitian people emerge from this crisis and restore peace and security to their country.”

“We will consider additional sanctions against individuals and entities in Haiti and other measures to end the ongoing violence,” Joly added.

What has Canada done so far?

In October 2022, Bocchit Edmond, Haiti’s ambassador to the US, called on Canada and the US to help the Haitian government confront the gangs causing the violence.
Canada partnered with the US Armed Forces to airlift a commercial delivery of specialized vehicles to Haiti on October 15.

During the same month, Canada also sent a team to Haiti to assess the crisis in order for the government to assess a potential military mission to aid the nation.

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In addition to imposing sanctions on Haiti’s political elites, Canada also sanctioned Haitian gang leader Jimmy Cherizier on November 14 for human rights violations.

Moreover, on September 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $20 million in aid to help rebuild Haiti after the earthquake in 2021.

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