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UN envoy: Iran sanctions must be lifted as they harm human rights

A United Nations human rights representative says the sanctions imposed on Iran have had an “adverse effect” on human rights in the country.

“The stockpiling of sanctions and unilateral coercive measures against Iran… went well beyond what was required by the UN Security Council,” says Algerian-born Idriss Jazairy, the UN’s special rapporteur for human rights and international sanctions.

The sanctions have had “a significant adverse effect on the country’s economy, its population and ultimately on the enjoyment of human rights of the people of Iran, including its right to food, its right to health and its right to development,” Jazairy says in a statement in Geneva, as quoted by Reuters.

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