Iran Condemns Unilateral Sanctions as "Crimes Against Humanity"

Iran's top human rights official, Kazem Gharibabadi, has denounced countries imposing "illegal sanctions" on the nation, labeling them as "crimes against humanity."

Iran (IMNA) - At a moot court simulating proceedings against sanctions enforcers and enablers, Gharibabadi asserted that "sanctions violate the right to development, prosperity, education, housing, etc."

He accused those responsible for extensive sanctions on Iran of committing "crimes against humanity" and called for their accountability.

Gharibabadi highlighted the dire consequences faced by vulnerable patients due to sanctions, particularly those suffering from rare diseases such as epidermolysis bullosa.

He likened unilateral coercive measures to weapons of war, citing their wide-reaching effects on target populations. "Sanctions are more destructive than conventional warfare," he argued.

Gharibabadi also criticized US efforts to pressure other nations into imposing secondary sanctions on Iran.

The so-called "smart sanctions," allegedly targeting specific individuals or entities, "do not exempt food and medicines," he emphasized.

Alena Douhan, the UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on human rights, spoke via videoconference at the event.

In her report following her visit to Iran in May 2022, Douhan concluded that "the full enjoyment of human rights in Iran continues to be severely impacted" by US sanctions.

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