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US sanctions against Iran, Cuba, Venezuela breach human rights: UN expert

Press TV – May 7, 2019

A UN rights expert has slammed unilateral US sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Venezuela, saying the use of economic measures for political purposes violates human rights and international law.

In a statement released on Monday, Idriss Jazairy, UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures, warned that the US bans against the trio might precipitate man-made humanitarian catastrophes.

“Regime change through economic measures likely to lead to the denial of basic human rights and indeed possibly to starvation has never been an accepted practice of international relations,” he said.

“Real concerns and serious political differences between governments must never be resolved by precipitating economic and humanitarian disasters, making ordinary people pawns and hostages thereof,” he added.

Jazairy also voiced worries about Washington’s termination of sanctions waivers for major Iranian crude buyers, saying the move harms not only the Iranian nation, but also their trade partners.

“The extraterritorial application of unilateral sanctions is clearly contrary to international law,” he said.

“I am deeply concerned that one State can use its dominant position in international finance to harm not only the Iranian people, who have followed their obligations under the UN-approved nuclear deal to this day, but also everyone in the world who trades with them,” he noted, referring to the landmark 2015 agreement — officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Recently, the US ended six months of waivers which allowed Tehran’s eight largest customers to continue importing limited volumes. It also threatened the buyers of Iranian oil with sanctions if they fail to stop their purchases.

The anti-Iran American sanctions had been lifted under the JCPOA, but they returned in place last year when the US abandoned the multilateral accord.

Elsewhere in his statement, the UN rights expert denounced the economic hardship caused by the US sanctions in Cuba and questioned Washington’s claim that its sanctions against Venezuela were aimed at “helping” its people.

He further called on the international community to “challenge” Washington’s restrictive measures against sovereign countries which amount to “a threat to world peace and security.”

“I call on the international community to engage in constructive dialogue with Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and the United States to find a peaceful resolution in compliance with the spirit and letter of the Charter of the United Nations before the arbitrary use of economic starvation becomes the new ‘normal’,” Jazairy said.

May 7, 2019 - Posted by | War Crimes | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Ever since the False Flag attack in NYC on “9/11”, the USA has allowed it’s Government to become a threat to any other nation on Earth, and has used its economic power to bully any nation that it deems as a “Threat”.
    Even the American people are under threat from “The Patriot Act” and freedom of speech is no longer “free”.

    Julian Assange is under attack for simply exposing the TRUTH about the American Government, and even President ‘Dubya’ Bush dismissed the Constitution as “Just a piece ‘a paper’.
    There has never been an in depth analysis of what ACTUALLY happened on “9/11”, and despite a mountain of evidence, no REAL investigation has be undertaken, Crime scene evidence was IMMEDIATELY cleaned up and sent overseas as Scrap Metal etc etc, and ALL protests have been sneeringly dismissed as “Conspiracy theories”.

    The ‘so called” perpetrators of the crime were whisked away to Guantanamo Bay Cuba, so that they never had to face an American court where the Mountain of evidence could be examined properly in a PROPER examination of the EVIDENCE.

    It is the USA GOVERNMENT(Not The People) that is the problem, and now it has become glaringly obvious.


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 7, 2019 | Reply

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