| Please join Lift the Sanctions Campaign, RootsAction, Progressive Democrats of America, PDA Middle East Alliances, Muslim Delegates & Allies, CODEPINK Congress, Peace Action and World BEYOND War on Saturday, April 24 at 12:30 PM (PT) - 3:30 PM (ET) for a discussion and a call to action with experts on extreme sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, and the blockade in Yemen.
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Our honorable speakers include:
Hanieh Jodat Barnes -- Muslim Delegates & Allies; RootsAction; PDA Middle East Alliances
Dr. Assal Rad -- National Iranian American Council
Dr. Aisha Jumaan -- Yemen Relief & Reconstruction Foundation
Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi -- Yemeni-American anti-war advocate; Assistant Professor at Michigan State University
Carlos Ron -- Venezuela's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Leonardo Flores -- CODEPINK
After discussing each country, there will be a call to action urging Congress members and the White House to lift the sanctions on Iran and Venezuela during COVID and beyond, and end the military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
If you are unable to make this event, you can still help by signing the petition to lift sanctions for pandemic relief.
As a result of broad U.S. economic sanctions, countries such as Iran, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, Sudan, and Zimbabwe struggle without adequate food, electricity, medicine, medical supplies, masks and respirators. Those who suffer most under sanctions include pregnant women, children, and the chronically ill.
We need to urge the Biden administration to issue a worldwide temporary general license to allow all countries and locations sanctioned by the United States to be able to easily import all related medicines, medical supplies, and vaccines, to facilitate international relief efforts related to COVID-19.
We've put together, with our allies, a petition that will be delivered to President Joe Biden; Vice President Kamala Harris; White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain; Sec. of State Antony Blinken; Sec. of Defense Lloyd Austin; Sec. of the Treasury Janet Yellen; and Sec. of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
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The U.S. Treasury Department has the power to issue a worldwide, temporary general license authorizing the exportation and re-exportation of medical supplies and equipment and other essential goods that might otherwise be prohibited by sanctions. The temporary general license would not require Congress to suspend or repeal sanctions and would only cover the listed types of supplies and equipment. By making it clear these types of financial transactions are allowable, this license would aid in the donation or sale of items such as test kits, respirators, sanitizers, personal protective equipment, and medicine, which are all critical for preventing and treating COVID-19.
U.S. economic sanctions technically exempt humanitarian items -- but banks, insurance companies, and other corporations are afraid that if they make loans, provide insurance for shipments, or send goods, the U.S. government will accuse them of violating the sanctions, levy hefty fines, and place them on a banned business list.
An April 2020 Human Rights Watch report explained that sanctions have had a particularly detrimental effect on Iran’s healthcare system, as the country lacks access to critical medical equipment and medicine despite existing exemptions. UN Human Rights Commissioner Michele Bachelet echoed this point when she called for an easing of sanctions for COVID-19 relief. Past Republican and Democratic Party administrations have issued temporary general licenses after earthquakes in Iran. So, there is precedent for following through on this request.
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-- The RootsAction.org Team