Canada sanctions Haiti businessmen amid escalating humanitarian crisis


These measures are meant to send a message to those who have been accused of corruption and whose actions have further exacerbated the turmoil in Haiti. The measures are meant to send a message to those who have been accused of corruption and causing further turmoil in Haiti. Acra, a well-known entrepreneur who served as a former advisor to Laurent Lamothe, is the target of these latest sanctions. Braun is a vice president of the board of directors at Unibank, Haiti’s largest bank. Vorbe serves as the CEO of Sogener, a prominent company operating in the energy sector.

Canada alleges that the men are “

fuelling the violence and instability in Haiti through corruption and other criminal acts and by enabling the illegal activities of armed gangs .”

Under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, these individuals will be declared inadmissible to Canada, barring their entry into the country. They will also be banned from doing business or engaging in financial transactions with Canadian entities. The sanction was imposed in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in Haiti. This is marked by an increase in violent crimes, such as kidnappings, murders, and sexual assaults committed by criminal gangs in the capital Port-au-Prince. Human Rights Watch claimed that the Haitian government had failed to protect citizens from the violence. They also alleged collusion between these criminal groups and influential economic figures and members of police. According to UN quarterly report on human rights situation, armed gangs in Haiti have assumed control over critical resources such as water, food, healthcare and fuel, while kidnappings have become rampant.Research notes that while the crisis has inflicted severe hardships on the Haitian population, some segments, including the financial sector, the oil industry, and the energy and communication sector, appear to have profited substantially from the chaotic economic environment. According to the research, the financial sector manipulates the dollar exchange rate and prices of products on the Haitian market. According to the research, these business circles are interested in maintaining and creating a “mafia like environment” that is conducive to a corrupted economy.