Doctors from across the world condemn U.S. sanctions on Iran: ISNA

April 28, 2020 - 20:15

TEHRAN – A number of doctors from various countries have sent a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemning the United States’ sanctions when the world is fighting the coronavirus pandemic, ISNA reported on Tuesday.

The letter was signed by more than 170 doctors, the news agency said.

The doctors protested against the U.S. “cruel” sanctions which are contrary to human rights.

The sanctions endanger the people’s lives, said the letter.

Over 70 civil society groups representing more than 40 million people urged U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday to issue immediate sanctions relief for numerous countries, including Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea, for at least the duration of the coronavirus crisis which threatens to kill thousands in the hard-hit countries.

According to Common Dreams, the “urgent appeal” came in the form of an open letter sent by the groups to Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, calling for curtailing the sanctions regime for the duration of the pandemic.

Entitled “Lift Sanctions, Save Lives,” the initiative is aimed at ensuring the economic warfare by the U.S. claims as few lives as possible as the nations fight off the health crisis.

“Denying people access to lifesaving resources now represents a risk to the entire world,” said Daniel Jasper of the American Friends Service Committee, a signatory to the letter. “The U.S. must rethink its approach to sanctions.”

Peace Action senior policy director Paul Kawika Martin said, “Sanctions kill innocents indiscriminately just like bombs.”

“During this pandemic crisis, the U.S. needs to remove all barriers, like sanctions, so countries can counteract COVID-19,” he said.


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