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UN envoy in Venezuela denounces US sanctions

UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Belarusian Alena Douhan, speaks during a press conference in Caracas, on February 12, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Jesus Silva
Press TV, Caracas

During a press conference in Caracas, UN Human Rights envoy, Alena Douhan, spoke about her preliminary assessment of her visit to Venezuela to evaluate the effects of the US blockade against the Latin American nation.

The UN diplomat said that the ongoing humanitarian crisis hitting the Venezuelan people is a direct effect of the sanctions imposed by the United States. She remarked her visit was based on UN standards of independence, impartiality, and comprehensiveness.

Douhan added that the unilateral measures implemented against Venezuela, its institutions and assets abroad, violate international law. She added that the sanctions implemented by Washington and its European allies also violate the rights of the country to respond to the needs of a people suffering from the consequences of the blockade. In this context, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza pondered the statement of the high-ranked UN official.

However, some opposition figures blame the Maduro government for the sanctions. But legal analysts say that US sanctions cannot be justified by any means.

The UN official has described the effects of the illegal US sanctions on Venezuela as devastating. Although Washington goes on imposing sanctions on the Latin American country; the UN diplomat urged the US to stop its harmful measures.

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