Through his Twitter account @jaarreaza, the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, acknowledged on Tuesday the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who “joins the just, Human and urgent global clamor, considering that at this decisive moment, sectoral sanctions should be reduced or suspended”.
In a press release published on the official website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Unhchr), Bachelet warns that broad-spectrum sectoral sanctions applied to countries facing the Coronavirus pandemic, “should be subject to an urgent reevaluation, in view of its possible negative impact on the health and human rights sector”.
In addition to Venezuela, Bachelet said that a wide range of sanctions could hinder health efforts in Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Iran and Zimbabwe.
“In most of these countries, health systems are in a weak or fragile situation. Progress in defending human rights is essential to improve these systems, but measures that hinder the importation of essential medical supplies will cause lasting damage to the most vulnerable communities. The people of these countries are not responsible in any way for the policies that have led to the sanctions and, to varying degrees, have already had to live in very adverse conditions for long periods of time”.
The High Commissioner also urged the unity of world leaders: “International cooperation and solidarity are essential at all times to promote human rights; and now they are also vital to promote the national interests of each country”.
Since 2014, Venezuela has been the victim of at least 300 unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States government, which contemplate a criminal economic, financial and commercial blockade; confiscation of their assets abroad and persecution of their oil businesses, which has been denounced as crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court.