Economic Sanctions Hurt Public Health, Should Be Implemented Sparingly
The Lancet: Sanctioning the most vulnerable — a failed foreign policy
“Over past months, U.S.-led threats of, or implementation of, economic sanctions have multiplied. … Economic sanctions can have a devastating impact on public health. Leveraging the economic stability of a country will hurt the most vulnerable in the population first—for instance, by limiting access to affordable food or hindering humanitarian aid. … The U.N. Security Council should carry out comprehensive assessments of the humanitarian cost of economic sanctions on a case-by-case basis before applying them, and, above all, always prioritize people’s health and welfare, or risk threatening the lives of millions on the brink of preventable death” (1/13).
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