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        <h1 class="reader-title">Former UN Rapporteur on Human Rights:
          US Sanctions Have Killed More Than 100 Thousand Venezuelans<br>
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              <p>The Swiss-American historian and Human Rights expert,
                Alfred de Zayas, said that more than 100,000 Venezuelans
                have died as a result of the sanctions implemented by
                the United States government and that such deaths were
                due to the impossibility of timely access to medicines.</p>
              <p>De Zayas, who served as an independent expert for the
                United Nations Human Rights Council for the promotion of
                an international democratic and egalitarian order,
                participated on Wednesday in the forum “Unilateral
                Coercive Measures as a crime against humanity: The case
                of Venezuela”, held in Geneva, Switzerland, and which
                was attended by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge
                Arreaza, as well as other academics specializing in
                international law.</p>
              <p>Referring to the effects of unilateral sanctions and
                citing economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the
                professor said that considering only the year 2018,
                40,000 of those deaths were caused by the sanctions. For
                that reason, he does not hesitate to affirm: “February
                13 is a key day in the Venezuelan case. Unilateral
                coercive measures kill, I found in my report, constitute
                a crime against humanity.”</p>
              <p>On the other hand, the historian also alluded to
                Venezuelan migration. In his opinion, “the migratory
                flows of Venezuela have their origin in financial
                suffocation, in the blockade. That is the cause and they
                want to ignore it, they seek to blame the victim”, in
                reference to the criminalization of Venezuelan migration
                and other xenophobic practices that are growing in some
                countries of Latin America, as well as the almost
                hegemonic tendency to blame the government of President
                Nicolás Maduro and even that of his predecessor,
                Commander Hugo Chávez, for being responsible for the
                crisis and forcing the exit of millions of Venezuelans.</p>
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              <p>For de Zayas, the brakes on coercive measures
                implemented against the government and people of
                Venezuela, denounced last week by Foreign Minister
                Arreaza before the International Court of Justice as
                crimes against humanity, is the action of UN Human
                Rights Council from a multilateral perspective. Only
                this would prevent more vulnerable people from dying.</p>
              <p>“We must save multilateralism, we must demand the Human
                Rights Council provide advice, the necessary technical
                assistance to the Venezuelan people, to prevent more
                vulnerable people from losing their lives,” he said.</p>
              <p><a
href="https://www.lechuguinos.com/de-zayas-venezolanos-muerto-sanciones/"
                  target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Source URL:
                  Lechuginos</a></p>
              <p>Translated by JRE/EF</p>
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