[News] US Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law
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Wed May 8 11:38:40 EDT 2019
US Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert
May 7, 2019
The United Nations (U.N.) Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of
sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, expressed deep concern on Monday at the
recent measures against Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran by the United States
(U.S), arguing the use of economic sanctions for political purposes
violates human rights and international law.
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“The resort by a major power of its dominant position in the
international financial arena against its own allies to cause economic
hardship to the economy of sovereign States is contrary to international
law, and inevitably undermines the human rights of their citizens,” the
Special Rapporteur said.
The international expert stated unilateral measures are against the
U.N.’s Declaration <http://www.un-documents.net/a25r2625.htm> on the
Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and
cooperation among States. The resolution, in accordance with the
international body’s Charter, was adopted by the General Assembly on
Oct. 1970, and it recalls “the duty of States to refrain in their
international relations from military, political, economic or any other
form of coercion aimed against the political independence or territorial
integrity of any State.”
On this matter, Jazairy focused on the 150 sanction designations from
the U.S. to individuals and entities in Venezuela since 2017 via
Executive Orders (E.O.) and the Kingpin Act. That are aimed to pressure
President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan people.
A recent report, 'Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case
of Venezuela', made by Columbia University economist, Jeffrey Sachs, and
Mark Weisbrot from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, revealed
that 40,000 people may have died in the Latin American nation in the
last two years because of the Trump Administration.
Also showing that over US$15 billion in Venezuelan government assets are
locked up due to the U.S.'s sanctions preventing the nation from
exporting and importing, including food and medicine. “It is hard to
figure out how measures which have the effect of destroying Venezuela’s
economy...can be aimed at ‘helping the Venezuelan people’, as claimed by
the US Treasury,” the expert added.
Jazairy also denounced the implementation of Title III of the
Helms-Burton Act, signed on March 12, 1996, during former President Bill
Clinton’s administration, with the objective of disrupting foreign
investment to the island and accentuating the economic effects of the
Through the application of Title III, U.S. citizens can sue in their
country’s courts those persons and entities that conduct business with
about 200 state-owned institutions in Cuba that were nationalized after
Jan. 1, 1959. The full enforcement of the anti-Cuban law would imply
massive damages not only for Cuba but for U.S., Canadian, and mainly
European interests, as the bloc is the largest foreign investor on the
island and the country’s top export market.
“The international community must come together to challenge what
amounts to blockades ignoring a country’s sovereignty, the human rights
of its people, and the rights of third countries trading with sanctioned
States, all while constituting a threat to world peace and security”,
the U.N. appointee concluded.
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