“Sanctions targets Iranian people,” Ahmed Shaheed

Nasim–  In a recent report to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly, Ahmed Shaheed, appointed as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, warned western countries over “negative humanitarian consequences” of sanctions.

“I have expressed concern about the impact of sanctions in my reports, both economically and as they relate to human rights.” He wrote in his blog, adding “Despite the manner in which the sanctions are structured, I continue to receive reports of challenges faced in securing certain medical supplies and services. For example, government data indicates that the Iranian pharmaceutical market experienced shortages of between 78 and 172 drugs per month between mid-2012 and September 2013.”

He urged western government to “mitigate any negative humanitarian consequences” by securing “alternate channels for the swift delivery of needed goods and services.”

By Nasim Online


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