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China leads call for end to US sanctions

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Chinese Representative to the UN Zhang Jun said US sanctions make it harder for countries to battle coronavirus. AFP

China leads call for end to US sanctions

China, Russia and two dozen other countries called on the US and Western countries to end the use of unilateral sanctions, which they said make it harder to deal with Covid-19.

In a statement read by Chinese envoy Zhang Jun at the UN, they accused the US of violating human rights, systematic racial discrimination and hindering development in countries it places economic sanctions on.

The countries statement said: “The response to and recovery from Covid-19 requires global solidarity and international cooperation.

“However, we continue to witness the application of unilateral coercive measures, which are contrary to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and International Law.

“We seize this opportunity to call for the complete and immediate lifting of unilateral coercive measures, to ensure the full, effective and efficient response of all members of the international community to Covid-19.”

The statement was signed by China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Nicaragua, Venezuela and other countries against which the US has placed punishing sanctions.

It was made to the UN General Assembly’s third committee, which focuses on human rights and humanitarian affairs.

In the past four years, Washington and the EU have accelerated their use of sanctions to punish countries for various behaviours – from Russia’s invasion of Crimea to North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programmes, to misrule and rights abuses by the leader of Venezuela.

The sanctions can try to lock the countries or their entities out of the global, dollar-based trade system, and seize assets in certain jurisdictions.


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