“These sanctions are cruel and these sanctions violate the Iranian people’s right to life. It’s the most basic right that we have guaranteed by numerous treaties, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights,” said Paul Wolf in a Saturday interview with Press TV.
“It should be obvious to everyone that this is really not fair in international politics to put pressure in this manner,” he pointed out.
Wolf pointed to the recent US move to partially ease sanctions affecting Iran’s medical sector as “probably a good sign” but noted that the measure is still a “very small step.”
The US Treasury Department conceded on Thursday that its bans have created major challenges for pharmaceutical companies to conduct transactions with Iran.
The department said it was now expanding the list of medical items that can be exported to Iran without a special license.
At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran. The sanctions entered into force in early summer 2012.
The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran may be seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.
Although the US-led sanctions imposed on Iran do not directly ban selling medicine and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic, the sanctions on Iran’s banking sector have effectively hindered the import of medicine to the country through obligating the importers of medicine to Iran to apply for special licenses.
The cumbersome process has dissuaded many of the importing companies. As a result, the lives of many Iranian patients suffering from special diseases such as thalassemia, hemophilia, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, etc., have been put at stake.
Many prominent international lawyers contend that Iran is entitled to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice against the US, France, the UK and their allies, on behalf of all the Iranian citizens being harmed by illegal and political economic sanctions.