Sep 23, 2020 09:29 UTC
  • Unilateral sanctions breach of intl. law, crime against humanity: Iran envoy

Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN office in Geneva has denounced unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic as violation of international law and “a crime against humanity,” calling on the international community to close ranks in the face of “the blatant injustice.”

According to Press TV, Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh made the remarks at the 45th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, one day after the administration of US President Donald Trump imposed a raft of new restrictive measures on Iran in support of its “maximum pressure” campaign against the nation.

He slammed Washington’s disregard for numerous requests from the UN chief, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and human rights bodies for lifting the sanctions, warning that such an approach is an alarm for the world and thus should be countered.

The official reaffirmed that unilateral sanctions violate international law and amount to “a crime against humanity” because of their negative impacts on ordinary Iranians.

The international community must unite in the face of “the blatant injustice,” Baghaei Hamaneh added while speaking during the interactive dialog with Alena Douhan, UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights.

The fresh US sanctions targeted 27 Iranian entities and people in the nuclear, missile and conventional arms sectors. Washington claimed it had triggered the so-called snapback of virtually all UN sanctions on Iran, including the arms embargo.

However, both UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the vast majority of the 15-strong Security Council insisted the US does not have the legal power to take the steps under the banner of the UN as it had withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear deal two years ago.

Baghaei Hamaneh said the US claim that it had unilaterally reinstated the terminated UN Security Council resolutions on Iran was another sign of Washington’s “bullying and disregard for international law and the UN Charter. “

“Even international judicial institutions such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) have not remained immune from US addiction to sanctions. The US Secretary of State recently sanctioned the prosecutor and several judges of the ICC for pursuing charges against the US military in Afghanistan,” he noted.