Cruel sanctions violate numerous human rights: Rights chief

Secretary-General of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Kazem Gharibabadi has emphasized that unilateral sanctions violate numerous human rights, including the right to life, the right to food, the right to health, the right to education, and the right to development.

Addressing the international human rights conference titled "The impact of US cruel sanctions on the health of patients" on Wednesday in Tehran, Gharibabadi pointed out that there is a direct relationship between the sanctions and human rights, as well as international laws.

Referring to the impacts of sanctions on Iranian society, he said that when a country imposes unilateral sanctions on the economy of the other country, they want to destroy the infrastructure of the targeted country.

In regards to sailing oil, unilateral sanctions impeded Iran from sailing more than $150 to $200 billion in oil over the past years, he added.

Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan reported significant documents on the impacts of sanctions on the Iranian society when she visited the Human Rights Council last year, but the US and the West as alleged advocates of human rights opposed Douhan and her report, he noted.

According to the report of Douhan, there are major challenges in procuring medicine and lifesaving medical equipment produced by foreign companies to treat specific patients, he highlighted.

Gharibabadi underlined that the Americans are closing financial channels and threatening insurance companies not to cooperate with Iran. While it is one thing on paper and something else in practice.

Increasing the health costs in Iran has been discussed in Dohan’s report, noting that certain patients suffer from illnesses, as well as medical costs plus supplying medicines, and there is no greater crime in the field of human rights, he added.

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