OHCHR / SYRIA SANCTIONS

14-Sep-2018 00:03:10
A United Nations Special Rapporteur said today that the sanctions imposed on the Syrian Arab Republic undermine the basic human rights of Syrians. OHCHR
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STORY: OHCHR / SYRIA SANCTIONS
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DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE
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14 SEPTEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
2. Pan right, Special Rapporteur arriving at podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Idriss Jazairy UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights:
“I have met a lot of Syrians who have told me that even if the war is about to end, that they want to leave, because they have no water, they don’t have the basic necessities for life.”

FILE – UNICEF – DATE /LOCATION UNKNOWN, SYRIA

4. Various shots, water distribution

14 SEPTEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Idriss Jazairy UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights:
“Syria was one of those States in the Arab world whose standard of living had become comparable to that of Westen European countries. It was completely self-supporting in terms of food supply and their conditions prevailing in the field of health were fine. For instance, for kids 95 per cent of kids were getting vaccination. Nowadays the situation has considerably worsened. The unemployment rate which was about 8 per cent is now over 50 per cent. The rate of growth which was about 4.5 per year per capita has now become a rate of impoverishment.”

FILE – UNICEF – DATE /LOCATION UNKNOWN, SYRIA

6. Close up, child eating bread
7. Close up, bread

14 SEPTEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Idriss Jazairy UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights:
“The sanctions themselves have a chilling effect. Even if sanctions are not completely water tight and are not intended to be a full blockade, the chilling effect-- the fact that people are afraid, western corporations are afraid to do any business and international banks are afraid of making any transfers related to Syria -- makes the situation even worse.”
FILE – UNICEF – DATE /LOCATION UNKNOWN, SYRIA

9. Wide shot, destroyed buildings

14 SEPTEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Idriss Jazairy UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights:
“I have recommended that the money [that] is frozen, the State resources that have been frozen by international banks be unfrozen for the import of wheat … in order to ensure the survival of the population.”
11. Med shot, Special rapporteur
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Idriss Jazairy UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights:
“You are encouraging indirectly the laundering of money, whose sources are doubtful and you create a new class of predators – who quite often may be linked to some decision makers that take advantage so that they may have a vested interest in keeping this situation going. Because this is how they cash in on it.”

13. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
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A United Nations Special Rapporteur said today that the sanctions imposed on the Syrian Arab Republic undermine the basic human rights of Syrians.

In a report to the Human Rights Council, Idriss Jazairy the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights observed that: “the sanctions themselves have a chilling effect. Even if sanctions are not completely water tight and are not intended to be a full blockade, the chilling effect-- the fact that people are afraid, western Corporations are afraid to do any business and international banks are afraid of making any transfers related to Syria -- makes the situation even worse.”

In his report Jazairy outlines the effects of sanctions imposed by the international community to pressure the Syrian government to stop using violence against demonstrators have far-reaching effects on the human rights of Syrians, including health care.

He observed that Syria previously was able to provide free universal health care for its people but the country now has limited quantities of medicines, cannot cover the health needs of the nation, and cannot import medicines from the West.

Jazairy said, “What’s left of the Syrian population that is still living inside – I have met a lot of Syrians who have told me that even if the war is about to end that they want to leave, because they have no water, they don’t have the basic necessities for life.”

The combined sanctions of five countries plus the EU have devastated the Syrian economy, and their complexity and the American ban on any financial transaction, applied not just to Americans but to anyone doing business with America, has prevented food, medicine, spare parts for water supplies or electrical generators from reaching the country. So-called humanitarian exemptions are almost impossible for Syrians to use, and this has to change.

In his report to the Council the Rapporteur called for a UN-led procurement office for humanitarian support to deal with the “chilling effect,” by giving banks and exporters confidence that they can provide for the basic human needs of Syrians. He also suggested that frozen Syrian assets should be released to allow for the purchase of wheat for the people of Syria.

The UN Special Rapporteur also observed that the sanctions may have involuntarily bred vices such as money laundering. He said “you are encouraging indirectly the laundering of money, whose sources are doubtful and you create a new class of predators – who quite often maybe linked to some decision makers that take advantage so that they may have a vested interest in keeping this situation going. Because this is how they cash in on it.”
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