sanctions

Lifesaving help needed for Venezuela cancer patients hit by US sanctions

Independent UN rights experts on Wednesday warned that hundreds of Venezuelan cancer patients could die because they have been caught up in the excessively strict application of United States sanctions aimed at Venezuela and the state-owned oil company, Petroleum of Venezuela.

News in Brief 20 May 2021

  • 'Hell on earth' for children of Gaza, UN chief tells General Assembly
  • WHO appeals for regular access to Palestine enclave as violence continues
  • Myanmar: Human rights expert welcomes new sanctions 'blow' to junta
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Independent UN rights expert calls for unilateral sanctions to be dropped against Venezuela

At the end of a two-week visit to Venezuela, an independent UN human rights expert noted on Friday that unilateral sanctions imposed on the country have exacerbated pre-existing crises, calling for them to be dropped. 

News in Brief 7 August 2020

  • 'Immediate and huge' needs facing Beirut and Lebanon
  • Mauritania shipwreck, another preventable tragedy
  • Lift sanctions 'bringing suffering and death'
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COVID-19: Lift sanctions ‘bringing suffering and death’, urge UN rights experts

A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on countries to lift – or at the very least, ease – sanctions to allow affected nations and communities access to vital supplies to fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.

UN rights chief bemoans unilateral sanctions on Venezuela, fearing ‘far-reaching implications’

A new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela this week prompted the concern of the United Nations’ top rights official on Thursday, who said in a statement that she feared they would have a “potentially severe impact” on the human rights of the South American nation’s “long-suffering” people.

Blockades ‘expose’ the innocent, to the ‘ravages of economic war’ - UN sanctions expert warns

Economic sanctions must not be allowed to degenerate into blockades which “expose people to the ravages of economic war in peacetime” said the UN independent expert on the effects of sanctions on human rights.

UN fails to adopt arms embargo against South Sudan

A vote to impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions against South Sudan has failed to garner enough support among the 15 members of the UN

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UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them

Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We’ve prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.

Sanctions on Iran and Cuba need phasing out, says expert

The time has come for a “phasing out” of sanctions on Cuba and Iran to protect the most vulnerable members in society, a leading human rights investigator said Wednesday.

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