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Published Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019 - 09:11:53
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UN human rights council passes motion condemning US sanctions

UN human rights council passes motion condemning US sanctions
World  - The UN human rights council has adopted a resolution condemning US sanctions against its member states.


The draft resolution, titled Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights' presented by Venezuela and Palestine on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), was approved with 28 votes in favor and 14 against with five abstentions.

The document reaffirms that every state, in strict conformity with international law, has the "inalienable right" to "choose freely and develop, in accordance with the sovereign will of its people, its own political, social, economic and cultural systems, without interference from any other state or non-state actor."

It also expresses concern at "the continued imposition of unilateralism and unilateral coercive measures, which hinder the well-being of the population of the affected countries and create obstacles to the full realization of their human rights."

After the approval of this draft resolution, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted: "I am grateful for the overwhelming support of the member states of the UN Human Rights Council... a victory that expands international co-operation and rejects imperial sanctions."

Previously, the UN special rapporteur Idriss Jazairy said that the use of economic sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela and Iran for political purposes violates human rights and international law.

The resolution came as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is ready to hold talks with the US if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal that was quit by Mr Trump last year. While calling for talks with Iranian leaders the US president said on Wednesday that sanctions on Iran would soon be increased "substantially."

 

 

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Published Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019 - 09:11:53
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