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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

UN envoy calls for lifting of sanctions harmful to Syrian people

DAMASCUS ( Associated Press) – A UN envoy on Thursday urged Western and Arab nations to lift sanctions imposed on Syria years ago as they deal with “destruction and trauma” to Syrian civilians since the civil war began 11 years ago. are tolerating.

UN Special Envoy on Unilateral Coercive Measures and Human Rights Alina Dohan said the sanctions lead to shortages of drugs and medical equipment affecting the lives of Syrians.

In his report after a 12-day visit to the war-torn country, Douhan described the “disastrous effects of the unilateral restrictions on all aspects of life in the country”.

Sanctions by the United States, the European Union and some Arab countries have been in place since 2011, when President Bashar Assad’s government cracked down on protests against his regime, as part of the Arab Spring mobilization that shook the region. It was started as Syria quickly fell into civil war.

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Sanctions affect various institutions and authorities, including the oil industry, money transfers and Assad. They were later extended to officers accused of repression and the use of chemical weapons.

“I call for the immediate removal of unilateral sanctions that seriously harm human rights and hinder all efforts for immediate recovery and reconstruction,” Douhan said. 12 million Syrians face food insecurity.

Douhan says 90% of the Syrian population lives in poverty, with limited access to food, water, electricity, shelter and fuel for cooking and heating.

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