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News code: 27235
Published Date: Sunday 14 April 2019 - 14:19:11

Iran to publish docs. proving US obstacles for intl. fin. aid to flood-hit areas

Iran to publish docs. proving US obstacles for intl. fin. aid to flood-hit areas
IRAN  - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned US barriers for sending financial aid to flood-affected Iranian regions while also criticizing European countries for the delay in meeting their JCPOA-related commitments.

People are dying of diabetes in US prisons because they have not been treated, which has kept them well for the past decade.

A first-of-its-kind investigation by the AJC shows how at least a dozen inmates have died - and died horribly - because they didn't get the medication or help they needed
Foreign Ministry has gathered a host of documents which indicate that some banks, concerned about US sanctions, are preventing international financial aid by those who are willing to help Iranians, Zarif said Sunday on the sideline of an event in Tehran. The documents will soon be published, he highlighted.

US officials are forced to dismiss what they are doing but these claims are not true, said Zarif, adding that the US measures can be regarded as ‘crime against humanity'.

Record rainfalls since March 19 have flooded some 1,900 cities and villages across Iran, claiming over 70 lives and causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Iranian water and agriculture infrastructures. Floods have affected several provinces in the north and west of the country including, Golestan, Mazandaran, Lorestan, and Khuzestan.

While many countries have delivered humanitarian aid to Iran's Red Crescent Society for the flood-hit regions, the society says that no international financial aid has been received due to US sanctions on banking transactions.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif also criticized European countries' significant delay in meeting their JCPOA commitments. "I don't know how much time Europeans need for a preliminary mechanism?" he framed.

"They are way behind in fulfilling their commitments ... They should not think that Iran would wait for them," he added.

Donald Trump unilaterally pulled US out of Iran Nuclear Deal, formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018, re-imposing tough sanctions against the Iranian nation. This is while other signatories of the deal and the international community have criticized US measures and voiced support for the agreement.

In late January 2018, European signatories of the deal announced the establishment of a special trade mechanism dubbed as INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) in a bid to save JCPOA after the withdrawal of the United States. The mechanism, which is yet to prove its effectiveness, is said to initially cover trades of food, medicine and medical devices and to gradually include other areas.
After Douglas Brown was booked into the Fulton County Jail for failing to pay child support, he repeatedly complained that he wasn't receiving his twice-daily insulin for his diabetes. Despite his pleas, he missed doses and his health grew progressively worse.

Over the next 10 days, the 41-year-old Army veteran struggled with increasing pain, seizures, incontinence, confusion and lethargy until, finally, he was found dead on the floor of his cell with traces of vomit on his face.

Brown was among at least a dozen people who have died in Georgia's prisons and jails over the last decade due to diabetic ketoacidosis.

Like Brown, many died gruesomely. And like Brown, they died because those responsible for their care failed to properly treat a disease managed daily by millions of Americans.Diabetic ketoacidosis, often simply referred to as DKA, is fatal only when diabetes is left untreated. As blood sugar surges, the blood turns acidic. Eventually, organs shut down.

Some 2.3 million Americans are imprisoned in the massive US prison system, where their health is often neglected and care is extremely expensive.


News Code: 27235
Published Date: Sunday 14 April 2019 - 14:19:11
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