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Envoy: US Sanctions against Iran Violating Human Rights

Permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations Office in Geneva Esmayeel Baqayee Hamaneh censured the US for imposing sanctions which are globally considered as illegal, adding that Washington is violating human rights principles by obstructing patients’ access to needed medications.

Baqayee Hamaneh called the US “blind and inhumane sanctions” as one of the challenges that violate the human rights of the Iranian people, including the right to health and the right of free access to medicine and treatment.

He made the remarks, addressing a ceremony at the Human Rights Achievement Exhibition in Geneva.

Baqayee Hamaneh also pointed to the great challenges that have been imposed on the path of growth and development of the Iranian people over the past four decades, and went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran has firmly believed in national capacities and relied on popular support to overcome these obstacles.

In relevant remarks last month, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki condemned the US medical sanctions against the country, calling for the World Health Organization (WHO)’s action against Washington.

“The US cruel sanctions and blocking the Iranian people’s access to medicine, medical equipment and food stuff threatens the Iranians’ heath and is a crime against humanity,” Namaki said, addressing a conference of the East Mediterranean countries’ health ministers in Tehran.

He said that Iran is committed to provide health and hygiene services to all people living in the country, including the Shiites, Sunnis, Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians and even prisoners who have received death sentence, calling on the WHO not to allow the US warmongers to threaten people’s health by sanctions and pressures.

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