Canada responds to conflict in Sudan with sanctions

As the conflict between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan completed its first year, the Canadian government announced sanctions against the country. The sanctions targeted individuals and organisations.

Underlining that there are widespread reports of sexual and gender-based violence in Darfur, especially against women and girls, the official statement said, “We continue to be deeply concerned by these reports and reports that RSF is carrying out ethnic cleansing in Darfur.”

In response to this ongoing conflict, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced new sanctions measures under Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act.

The sanctioned persons are associated with the SAF or RSF, the main parties to the ongoing conflict.

The list of sanctioned persons is as follows

  • Abdelrahim Hamdan DAGALO (also known as Abdel Rahim Hamdan Dagalo, Abdelrahim Dagalo, Abdul Rahim Dagalo, Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo Mousa)
  • Ali Karti (also known as Ali Ahmed Karti)
  • Al Junaid Multi Activities Co. Ltd. (also known as AJMAC Multi Activities Company Ltd., AlGunade, AlJunaid, Algunade, Al Gunade and Al-Juneid)
  • GSK Advance Company Ltd. (also known as GSK Advance, GSK Advance Co.), GSK for Advanced Business Co. Ltd.)
  • Defence Industry System (also known as Military Industry Company, Defence Industry Company and Defence Industry System)
  • Zadna International Investment Company Ltd. (also known as Zadna Company and Zadna International Investments)

The sanctions are consistent with similar steps taken by international partners, including the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States, the statement said.

Melanie Joly said, “Reports of serious human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in the ongoing conflict in Sudan are deeply concerning. The measures taken today are consistent with Canada’s principles and values. Canada condemns the reprehensible violence prolonging the crisis in Sudan and calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities, allow the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian aid, and meaningfully engage in mediation efforts.”

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