Canada Implements Arms Ban Against Zimbabwe


Published: October - 2008

The big news this month is that Canada has implemented a number of economic sanctions against Zimbabwe, including a ban on firearms to that country. The ban, which went into effect September 4, includes sporting firearms, meaning that Canadian hunters cannot travel to Zimbabwe with their hunting rifles. The only legal option for hunters from Canada is to borrow or rent a hunting rifle from their operator in Zimbabwe. The other alternative is to travel to Zimbabwe on a divided itinerary, that is two separate flight itineraries in which your final destination on your first flight is, say, South Africa. Your flight from South Africa on to Zimbabwe remains on a separate ticket that you do not share with personnel at the checkout counter in Canada or with Canadian Customs.

The only problem with this, of course, is that Canadian Customs may well notice the Zimbabwean stamp in your passport on the way back home. Canadian citizens who violate the Special Economic Measures against Zimbabwe may be subject to fines or other prosecution. You can read the sanctions for yourself on the Canadian Economic Sanctions web site. Just click on Travel Reports & Warnings. In addition to the arms ban, the sanctions provide for the freezing of assets for certain Zimbabwean nationals and entities. The purpose of the sanctions, of course, is to encourage Zimbabwean leaders to reinstate the democratic process and end human rights violations. Although a power-sharing deal was brokered between the ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change later in September, the Canadian Government says the sanctions will remain in place until the Government of Zimbabwe has shifted policies and created the conditions necessary for improved human rights and democratic processes.

As for reports from hunters returning from Zimbabwe recently, we received several more this past month. None report any problems. You can read all the 2008 Zimbabwe Hunt Reports in the Zimbabwe Forum on our web site. You'll find the Forums section in the right-hand column of our main page at www.huntingreport.com.

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