US sanctions dont work, make human rights situation worse – UN sanctions rapporteur

From Venezuela to Iran, Liberia to Belarus, theres barely a corner of the world not sanctioned by the US. But economic penalties dont help regime change and unfairly impact civilians, the UN sanctions rapporteur told RT.

When direct military action is out of the question, economic sanctions are often the US next weapon of choice. President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year was accompanied by the reimposition of crippling sanctions, designed to force Iran to “act like a normal country,” in the words of State Secretary Mike Pompeo. Ditto in Venezuela, where US sanctions targeted President Nicolas Maduros oil wealth, and in North Korea, where sanctions have been applied, removed and reapplied in an effort to curb Kim Jong-uns nuclear ambitions.

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All in all, at least 25 percent of the worlds population lives under unilateral US sanctions, their livelihoods impacted by geopolitical decisions made half a world away.

“Those sanctions are considered to be illegitimate according to international law. Those sanctions are not the result of a decision of the [UN] Security Council,” UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Coercive Measures Idriss Jazairy told RT.

The US sanctions on Iran, Jazairy continued, are “the most constraining ones in the world.” The Islamic Republics aviation, banking, energy, shipping and military sectors are all affected, while third parties are forbidden from doing business with Tehran. While Trump pulled out of the Iran deal on the grounds that Tehran was violating its conditions, the US intelligence agencies “do not believe” that Iran was then or is now pursuing a nuclear weapon, according to their yearly report.

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“That means that the people of Iran are going to be submitted to a terrible pressure, and enormous sufferings. I dont think this is fair. Its okay if you have a disagreement with a political leadership to try and sort it out or negotiate a solution, but to make the people pay is not fair.”

Squeezing a nations people to achieve a political goal is a risky move too. When the US extended its embargo on Cuba to almost all of the countrys exports in 1962, its intention was to destabilize the Castro regime and force its collapse. Over four decades later, Cubas socialist government is still in power. Cubans rallied around the flag, and resisted el bloqueo, as the economic blockade is called there.

If you want to change a political system in a country, the last thing you should do is to apply sanctions. Youll consolidate the system youre trying to change!

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