Vienna (IP) - Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights says the report of a special United Nations rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights is of great importance.

Iran PressEurope: A special United Nations rapporteur has called for the removal of unilateral sanctions on Iran in a report that details the effect of decades of embargos on the country.

In the report, published on Monday, Alena Douhan, whose role is focused on the negative result of the sanctions, said that they had affected nearly every aspect of life in the country and called for them to be lifted.

According to Douhan, even as medicines and food are supposed to be exempt from sanctions, general licenses issued by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) aimed at ensuring exemptions “appeared to be ineffective and nearly non-existent.”

She said delivery of medicines and medical equipment to Iran was “severely undermined” by the effects of sanctions on finance, trade, shipping, insurance and over-compliance on the part of foreign businesses and suppliers.

“These constitute serious impediments to the enjoyment of the right to the highest attainable standard of health by all Iranians.”

In an exclusive interview with the Iran press correspondent in Vienna, Vice-President of the Judiciary for International Affairs and Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Kazem Gharibabadi explained the importance of Alena Douhan’s report on the effects of unilateral US sanctions on the Iranian people. This report states that unilateral American sanctions have affected all aspects of Iranian people’s lives.

Secretary of the IR of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights emphasized that the UN special rapporteur has clearly stated that unilateral sanctions have affected the Iranian people’s political, social, economic and human rights aspects and have created international responsibility for sanctions.

Gharibabadi emphasized that Iran will seriously follow up the results of Alena Douhan’s report so that the destructive and negative effects of sanctions on the people of Iran are truly expressed.


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