Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Sanctions make Iranians suffer
TEHRAN – According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani, the UN special rapporteur’s reports illustrate how US government sanctions have caused “pain” and “damage” to the Iranian people instead. than in government.
Referring to the report of the UN special rapporteur on sanctions against Iran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Tuesday that the report shows that the administration’s unilateral and criminal sanctions US, as well as the so-called secondary sanctions, have had a negative impact on Iran. citizens’ livelihoods rather than their presumed target, Iranian government organizations.
Kanaani went on to explain that, contrary to the US administration’s assertion that the sanctions were imposed against the Iranian regime and its institutions, the sanctions have clearly had a serious impact on people’s livelihoods and do not only contributed to his misery.
In her report, UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan said she was deeply affected by the impact of the sanctions on Iranian citizens suffering from “genetic diseases” or ” cancer “.
“What marked me lastingly was the impact of the sanctions on the health system,” Professor Douhan said in an interview with the website of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights published on Saturday 12 september.
Douhan, a professor of international law, also said sanctions are the cause of death in some people with serious illnesses.
“It has generally been argued that unilateral sanctions are imposed by ‘good guys on bad guys’ for a ‘higher end’ and with good intentions, but unfortunately in reality it is the people of the country who are hugely affected,” she notes.
The Special Rapporteur also indicates that although Iran is subject to severe economic sanctions, it provides services to millions of refugees from Afghanistan.
“Iran gives refugees free access to primary health care and education, whether or not they have papers,” Douhan noted.
“The purpose of my visit was limited by the scope of my mandate – to assess the humanitarian impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. To that end, I spoke to all relevant groups, both governmental and non-governmental, and I got the strong impression that the sanctions were having a massive impact on people’s lives. I met with hospital officials, visited hospitals and universities, as well as business enterprises. I spoke with the 17 UN missions in Iran, as well as with representatives of the embassies of the two countries who support the sanctions and those who oppose them. I also visited Isfahan and discussed with associations representing the Afghan community. There, I spoke directly with those affected by the sanctions,” she noted.
According to Douhan, the impact of sanctions is not always clear but sometimes “it is rather obvious”.
“In cases where health is at stake, it is very clear. Let me give you an example. For a while, Iran produced around 95% of the drugs in the domestic market. After the imposition of sanctions, Iran largely lost access to raw materials or faced obstacles in delivering good quality raw materials,” she said.
“If companies are ready to work with Iran, there are still two problems. The first is money transfer. Even UNICEF, which operates in Iran and works with a Swedish pharmaceutical company, cannot guarantee payment from Iran to Sweden because Iran is cut off from SWIFT and the banks decide not to take the risk. Thus, payment had to be made by other means via third countries.
If everything has worked so far, then there is the problem of delivery. All transport companies in Iran are under sanctions. Anyone who delivers goods to Iran can be punished with secondary sanctions. Any transport insurance company is subject to sanctions against Iran.
I spoke to certain humanitarian associations. We have seen the documents which clearly show that they do not want to sell drugs to Iran. I have spoken to the Swedish and Swiss governments and the pharmaceutical companies, as we have clear indications that there is a link with the sanctions. Due to the lack of medicines, we see an increasing deterioration in the health of the people in Iran, especially those suffering from rare and serious diseases. You can see the increasing mortality rate not only in intensive care patients like diabetics, cancer patients and many others, but also in less dangerous diseases. Deaths have tripled,” she said of her sightings in Iran.