‘US anti-Iran sanctions hitting cancer patients’
President of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences Seyyed Alireza Marandi cabled a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres, complaining that the US sanctions against Iran are unfairly hitting patients in dire need for medications.
His letter came out after Iranian officials announced on numerous occasions that the US claims of not targeting Iranian medical needs with anti-Iran sanctions were untrue.
Addressing the UN chief in this message, Marandi affirmed that the US sanctions are devised in a way to obstruct all banking transactions between Iran and the whole world so much so that the embargos will prevent Iran from purchasing essentially needed medicines and medical equipment.
He goes on saying that unfortunately Iranian children suffering from cancer will be victimized by Trump's inhumane approach to Iran.
Here comes the full text of his letter:
United Nations Secretary General
His Excellency, António Guterres,
With respect to my previous correspondence with the United Nations regarding the prevention of the United States’ unjust sanctions, I am writing to inform you that despite the illegality of sanctioning food and medicine the US government is preventing access to these vital resources and has therefore put in danger the lives of many patients from small children to the elderly who are in urgent need of medicine and medical equipment.
The effects of these sanctions have been documented. For example, an article published in the Lancet in November 2018 shows the clear detrimental effect these sanctions are having on children suffering from cancer in our country. The US sanctions policy on the Islamic Republic of Iran has been devised in such a way that prevents all banking exchanges including access to essential medicines and medical equipment which are now virtually impossible.
Mr. Secretary General, for certain this correspondence is not for the sake of commiseration, but as Chairman of The Academy of Medical Sciences of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and on behalf of the country’s medical scientists, we have a duty and responsibility for monitoring the health of the people of our country.
We expect the UN to act against the United States' incessant violation of human rights. When will the lives of children, and women and men across the globe be protected from the criminal behavior of the United States? Until when should cancer, organ transplant and other patients fear death because they are deliberately denied medicine and medical equipment?
Repeatedly we are saying that history will not judge kindly the deafening silence of international human rights organizations, especially the United Nations for their indifference when it comes to the suffering illegally imposed on the ordinary people of Iran. This indifference will further discredit the United Nations in the eyes of people around the world.
We are waiting for the United Nations to take immediate and serious measures against the United States for their criminal actions which are in defiance of all international conventions and norms.
Seyyed Alireza Marandi, M.D.
President of the Academy of Medical Sciences
Islamic Republic of Iran