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UN: US sanctions violate human rights in Russia and other countries

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UN: US sanctions violate human rights in Russia and other countries


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The sanctions that Washington imposes unilaterally based on the state of emergency are contrary to human rights. According to UN experts, US actions violate fundamental human rights in different states, RIA Novosti reports. 

The experts of the international organization note that the legislative framework of the United States makes it possible for the head of state to declare a state of emergency. And this regime allows the imposition of sanctions based on the existence of a threat to national security. At the same time, sanctions restrictions can also be announced in the event that American foreign policy or economy faces threats. Experts explain that the introduction of the state of emergency becomes a justifiable moment for the introduction of sanctions for an indefinite period.

American sanctions run counter to a wide range of human rights in China, Cuba, Haiti, Iran, Nicaragua, Russia, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. This includes violations of “the rights to freedom of movement, association, due process of law such as a fair trial and the presumption of innocence, as well as economic and social rights and the very right to life”.

The UN called on Washington to fully adhere to its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in order to prevent a negative impact on the human rights of persons subject to sanctions.

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