Syria has blasted “inhuman sanctions” imposed by the United States against a number of countries, raising the alarm that the restrictive measures are hampering global efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The Washington Post said in a report on Monday that US sanctions are hampering Iranian efforts to import medicine and other medical supplies to confront the coronavirus outbreak according to what health workers and sanctions experts say.
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said the number of countries and international organizations urging for an end to US cruel anti-Iran sanctions, which are hampering the country’s efforts to contain the coronavirus, is increasing.
Russia said on Friday US “narcoterrorism” charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were absurd, adding that sanctions on Caracas could become “a tool of genocide” amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Broad sectoral sanctions should urgently be re-evaluated in countries facing the coronavirus pandemic, in light of their potentially debilitating impact on the health sector and human rights, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Michelle Bachelet said.
Two mainstream American newspapers – The New York Times and The Washington Post – in separate editorials on Thursday called for “ease of sanctions” and a “humanitarian truce” as US President Donald Trump administration is stubbornly sticking to its unilateral sanctions targeting Iranians severely hit by fatal coronavirus disease.
The US fails to heed the call by the United Nations’ officials for the removal of its sanctions on Iran, Iran's permanent ambassador to the UN in New York, urging all states to defy Washington’s sanctions on Tehran.
United Nations leadership called for rolling back international sanctions regimes around the world, saying they are heightening the health risks for millions of people and weakening the global effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.