Canada imposes new sanctions against members of Haiti’s elites

Toronto (Canada), 13 Jan. Canada imposed sanctions this Friday on two prominent members of the Haitian elite, businessman Charles Saint-Rémy and former congressman Arnel Bélizaire, as part of the Ottawa campaign against groups that protect the activities of criminal groups in the Caribbean country.

The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement the freezing in Canada of the assets of Saint-Rémy, who is a close associate of former President Michel Martelly, and Bélizaire.

The sanctions also prevent them from traveling to the North American country.

Canada justified the sanctions by noting that Saint-Rémy and Bélizaire are using their privileged position to “protect and enable the illegal activities of criminal armed groups, including drug trafficking and other acts of corruption.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said after the imposition of a new round of sanctions against Haitian economic and political elites that Canada “will continue to work with the international community to support the people of Haiti.”

Since November 2022, Canada has sanctioned more than fifteen prominent Haitians.

In addition, on January 11, Canada delivered armored vehicles to Haiti so that the country’s security forces can confront the armed gangs that control the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

In October 2022, Canada and the United States had already delivered a series of armored vehicles to the Haitian security forces.

Also in October, Joly met with US Secretary of State Antony Bliken in Ottawa to discuss the possible dispatch of an international intervention force to Haiti.

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