Iran’s EB Society Complains against Swedish Mölnlycke Company
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s EB Home and several lawyers filed a complaint against Mölnlycke Health Care, a Swedish medical device company, over its refusal to sell medical products to Tehran under US pressures.
Iranian EB Home, an NGO supporting people suffering from a rare skin condition known as epidermolysis bullosa, has lodged a complaint against the Swedish company as it has stopped selling medical items needed to cure EB patients.
The complaint was filed with the Swedish National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in an attempt to hold human rights violators accountable for their crimes.
Since May 2018 that the US reinstated illegal sanctions against Iran, Mölnlycke Health Care has stopped selling pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, including special bandages for EB patients, to Iran, under the pretext of unilateral US sanctions.
The move has deprived EB patients – also known as butterfly patients- of essential medical items, killed many of them, especially children, and inflicted serious physical injuries such as amputation to some of the patients.
The complaint seeks to protect the victims of the flagrant violation of human rights committed by the Swedish company and prevent similar criminal measures.
It also asks the Swedish National Contact Point to take responsibility for its crimes, apologize to the victims, compensate for damages and resume exporting its products to Iran.
“This is the first action of a civil society organization to seek justice for the victims of criminal economic sanctions,” the compliant read.
Last month, the Iranian Center for International Criminal Law (ICICL), an NGO based in The Hague, submitted a similar complaint to the Swedish National Contact Point stating that Mölnlycke had breached the OECD guidelines “by failing to undertake appropriate human rights due diligence, adversely affecting the human rights of EB patients in Iran and failing to remedy its impacts.”
Nearly 30 Iranian EB patients – mostly children – have died since Mölnlycke stopped selling its dressings to Iran, it said, adding that for EB survivors, the pain has increased by 70 percent.
ICICL director Mohammad Zakerhossein said the complaint “is not a political action, but an initiative for humanity and justice.”
In relevant remarks in early March, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif strongly blasted the US for imposing sanctions against his country, stressing that these inhumane sanctions have intensified sufferings of kids with no access to special medicines for incurable diseases.
Zarif made the remarks on Friday March 5 with an image of a young sick Iranian girl published on his Twitter account.
"This is a little girl who's paid the price for cruel & inhumane choices of politicians far away. Her situation isn't unique in Iran," he wrote.
"Even amid COVID-19, US continues to exert Trump's failed "maximum pressure" on Iranians. Isn't it time to try something that may actually work?", Zarif added.
This is a little girl who's paid the price for cruel & inhumane choices of politicians far away.
Her situation isn't unique in Iran. Even amid COVID-19, US continues to exert Trump's failed "maximum pressure" on Iranians.