0512 GMT June 26, 2022
The remarks were made by Alena Douhan, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights, who is on an official visit to Iran these days, in an address to a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday afternoon, Press TV reported.
Douhan noted that decades of sanctions have wholly affected Iranian people’s lives and have particularly hit the low-income section of the society.
While presenting her assessment of the unilateral coercive measures (UCM) against Iran, the UN official called on Washington to abandon its hard-nosed policy of “maximum pressure” against Iran and other countries.
Douhan, who arrived in Tehran earlier this month, said she had met with many civil society members and representatives of financial centers and diplomatic community during her visit.
She added she will address her concerns about the legality of U.S. sanctions in her final report, which will be released at a later date.
Douhan said the United States has since the 1970s imposed crippling economic and trade sanctions on Iran and significantly expanded them since the early 2000s.
In May 2018, former U.S. president Donald Trump, after unilaterally withdrawing his country from a 2015 nuclear deal, reinstated harsh economic sanctions on Iran and slapped new ones in an unprecedented move that was widely decried.
Under the 2015 agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), international sanctions on the Islamic Republic were eased in exchange for Tehran putting limitations on certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
Trump’s sanctions deprived the Islamic Republic of economic dividends under the accord as it barred countries and international firms from working with Iran.
The UN special rapporteur said the U.S. continues to illegally ban trade and investment in Iran, forcing foreign companies to leave the country for the fear of sanctions.