0528 GMT June 26, 2022
In her primary report at the end of her recent 12-day visit to Iran, the United Nations special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures announced that the sanctions have had negative impacts on different Iranian sectors as well as the most vulnerable classes of the society.
Alena Douhan, the United Nations special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, listed the most impacted Iranian sectors as those of the economy, housing, education, food production, cultural exchanges and handicrafts.
She added the sanctions have also hit the hardest low-income Iranian families, people suffering from rare diseases, females heading households and refugees.
Douhan stressed that the imposed sanctions are in violation of the Iranians’ human rights and prevent the country’s government from fulfilling its legal commitments toward people by limiting its financial resources.
She also described as a violation of the international law the sanctions affecting Iran’s medical and treatment sector.
At the end of her report, Douhan called on all countries to remove Iran’s sanctions, particularly those impacting the health, energy and humanitarian sectors, and release the country’s frozen funds.
Douhan’s professional behavior and her effort to maintain her impartiality were manifested in the copious amount of time she spent during her Iran visit on meeting ordinary people as well as members of civil bodies and NGOs.
During her 12-day stay, she only dedicated five days to holding meetings with government officials.
Despite her brilliant scientific and professional background, Douhan’s report was however met with considerable criticisms hurled by those who are against the Islamic Republic. Media, such as Deutsche Welle and BBC, claimed that the Islamic Republic had used her to achieve its desired objectives.
Of importance about her visit is that despite some other UN staff who failed to be active, unbiased, fair, brave and prudent, Douhan has always proved quite active, innovative and professional during her missions as the UN special rapporteur in countries such as Qatar, Venezuela, Syria and Iraq over the past two years.
She has bravely and correctly reported the cruel sanctions’ adverse impacts on ordinary people and the consequent human rights violations.
No doubt, cooperation with such figures is an opportunity that should not be missed. The Islamic Republic used the opportunity favorably.
Irrespective of the negative consequences her report could have for Iran through enraging the West and persuading it to tighten the sanctions on the Islamic Republic, it can awaken the international community’s conscience and raise public awareness about Iran as well as the cruel sanctions.