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Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau, right, and Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya prior to their meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 6.Mindaugas Kulbis/The Associated Press

Canada, acting with the United States and Britain, imposed new sanctions on Belarus on Monday to protest against what it called gross violations of human rights under Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said Ottawa would target transferable securities and money market instruments, debt financing, insurance and reinsurance, petroleum products and potassium chloride products. Washington and London announced similar measures.

Canada acted on the first anniversary of a presidential election that opponents said was rigged in favour of Mr. Lukashenko.

“Since then, the grave injustices carried out by the Belarusian government against its own people have not stopped … these measures will apply further pressure on Belarus’s leadership,” Mr. Garneau said.

Canada has to date sanctioned 72 Belarusian officials and five entities.

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