Embassy: Amnesty Int’l Should Report on US Sanctions’ Impact on Iranian Nation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s mission to the EU urged Amnesty International to prepare a report on the impact of illegal American sanctions on the livelihoods of Iranians, particularly during the combat against COVID-19 outbreak.
Iran’s Embassy in Belgium, in a number of tweets, called on the Amnesty to pay attention to the problems that over 80 million Iranians have been facing under America’s illegal sanctions, stressing that those problems have been aggravated by the spread of COVID-19.
The diplomatic mission also posted a recent Amnesty report on “deliberately divisive and destructive policies that have perpetuated inequality, discrimination and oppression and paved the way for the devastation wrought by COVID-19.”
“As [Secretary General of Amnesty International] Agnès Callamard correctly observed in a report ‘the pandemic has cast a harsh light on the world’s inability to cooperate effectively in times of dire global need,” the Iranian embassy said.
“During the past year Iranian people have been grappling with a fast-spreading virus while due to illegal US sanctions their assets have been frozen in foreign banks, effectively cutting them off from global banking channels to pay for the necessary medical supplies,” the mission added.
It stressed that the US has even blocked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to grant Iran a load that it needed to “strengthen its economy to better provide for the people and tend to their health and medical needs.”
“The report rightly describes health workers as the heroes of 2020. Iranian health workers endured the excruciating pressure of US illegal sanctions while shouldering the burden of fighting the pandemic. Casualties among Iran's health workers is among the highest in the world,” the embassy further said.
“Amnesty International is hereby called upon to write a report on the ruinous impact of US illegal sanction on the lives of more than 80 million Iranians,” the mission added.
In relevant remarks in February, Iran seriously criticized the recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur, Javaid Rehman, on “Human Rights” situation in Iran, noting that it has flagrantly ignored the right to life and the right to health of the Iranian nation.
“Surprisingly, there is no trace, in the Report, of the death of dozens of innocent children and hundreds of innocent patients who lost their lives as a consequence of their difficulty to access medicine and medical equipment resulting from the implementation and enforcement of cruel, illegal and criminal sanctions by the US regime, which constitutes a blatant and utter violation of the "right to life" "and the" right to health "of thousands of Iranian citizens,” Deputy Judiciary Chief and Head of the Iranian Judiciary's High Council for Human Rights Ali Baqeri Kani wrote in a detailed letter to clarify the ample ambiguities of the recent report of Javaid Rehman on what the latter calls “Human Rights Situation in Iran”.
“Apparently from the point of view of the author of this report, children and patients affected by the sanctions are not considered, at all, as human beings, so that a small portion of the report to be devoted to expressing the violation of their most obvious, fundamental and unquestionable rights, i.e. the "right to life" and the "right to health",” Baqeri Kani went on to say.
Ali Baqeri Kani
“According to the head of the Center for Disease Control and Treatment of the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education of Iran, the cruel and illegal US sanctions have posed a serious death threat to the lives of many patients with MP, and according to the CEO of the Iranian Thalassemia Association, since 2018 a large number of thalassemia patients lost their lives as a result of sanctions and the lack of medicine; and according to the former president of the Iranian Hemophilia Association, the US sanctions caused disability of hundreds of patients; and according to the head of the Iranian Epidermolysis Bullosa House, 20 innocent butterfly disease children (EB) have lost their lives due to lack of access to medicine and the needed dressings,” he continued.
“This question has occupied the minds of all fair and impartial observers as to how a significant part of the Special Rapporteur's report is devoted to an allegation by a terrorist group or hostile to the Iranian people about the situation of one or more individuals whose rights have been protected and the necessary response on their case, has been already provided , but this report has not made the slightest reference to the issue which has affected the people of Iran, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, belief, political affiliation, social background, financial status, wealth and place of birth, and it has even affected those who the Special Rapporteur claims to be following up their situation,” the official stressed.
“It is fortunate that the situation of a prisoner in Iran is so important to the Special Rapporteur that he devotes a paragraph (paragraph 12) of his 65-paragraph report to it, but what is not comprehendible is that, in this very report which is claimed to be in connection with "human rights", it does not attach any value to human lives, on a large scale, and in relation to innocent people,” Baqeri Kani further explained.
“Failure of the report to refer to the death of dozens of innocent children and hundreds of innocent patients who lost their lives as a consequence of their difficulty to access medicine and medical equipment resulting from the implementation and enforcement of cruel, illegal and criminal sanctions by the US regime, which constitutes a blatant and utter violation of the "right to life" "and the" right to health "of thousands of Iranian citizens, may not and cannot be vindicated and justified, except that, apparently from the point of view of the author of this report, children and patients affected by the sanctions are not considered, at all, as human beings, so that a small portion of the report to be devoted to expressing the violation of their most obvious, fundamental and unquestionable rights, i.e. the "right to life" and the "right to health",” he added.
“This reflects the politicized approach of the Rapporteur and his defined mission to convey the allegations and accusations of terrorist groups and dissidents of the Iranian nation,” Iran’s Deputy Judiciary stated.