US' anti-Iran measures against intl. human rights: Judiciary spox

TEHRAN, Apr. 07 (MNA) – Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaeili deplored the US’ unjust sanctions, which have negatively affected the Islamic Republic’s ability to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, saying such measures are a clear breach of international human rights laws.

Addressing a presser on Tuesday, the judiciary spokesman referred to Washington’s economic terrorism against Tehran, especially under the current circumstances of the pandemic outbreak, saying, “None of the US’ measures are compatible with human rights.”

Noting that everybody with any race, nationality, and language has an equal right to live, Esmaeili said the US’ approaches amid the new virus outbreak clearly breach these rights.

“The US moves, including medical embargo, and piracies are a clear sign of discrimination among the humans across the world,” he said, adding that “although Washington has failed to contain the pandemic in the US, the history will never forget such criminal measures in the international arena.”

The US has been accused of hijacking medical supplies in different instances.

Germany has accused Washington of redirecting three million Germany-bound masks for its own use, in a move condemned as "modern piracy".

France has also said while the regional leaders are struggling to secure medical supplies as American buyers outbid them.

Esmaeili urged the international bodies to stand up to the US’ bullying and fulfill their human responsibilities in the current situation.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has also called on the United States government to ease the unjust sanctions against Iran, saying, “The US should take immediate action to ease sanctions and expand licensing of sanctions-exempt items to ensure Iran’s access to essential humanitarian resources during the pandemic.”

The HRW noted that as the burden on the country’s health care system has dramatically increased due to the pandemic, the broad US economic sanctions resulting in severe international banking restrictions have drastically constrained the ability of the country to finance humanitarian imports, including medicines and medical equipment. 

While the US government has built exemptions for humanitarian imports into its sanctions regime, Human Rights Watch research in October 2019 found that in practice, these exemptions have failed to offset the strong reluctance of US and European companies and banks to risk incurring sanctions and legal action by exporting or financing exempted humanitarian goods.

The Human Rights Watch added that under international law, a country or coalition of states enforcing economic sanctions should consider the impact on the human rights of the affected population, especially regarding their access to goods essential to life, including medicines and food.

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