Iranian Mothers for Peace: ‘Inhumane’ Sanctions Blocking Medicine for the Sick

John Glaser, February 05, 2013

The US-led sanctions on Iran are strangling the economy: unemployment is high, inflation is rampant, prices of food and other basic necessities are becoming prohibitively expensive. Washington claims the sanctions are meant to punish and coerce the Iranian government, but it’s just making ordinary people suffer.

Well known by now is the fact that the sanctions have also had the effect of blocking much needed medicine for the sick, putting literally millions of lives at risk, according to the Charity Foundation for Special Diseases, a non-government organization in Iran supporting six million patients.

The Iranian Mothers for Peace forum sent an open letter to Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, and Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Heath Organization to try to bring attention to the blocking of vital medicines into Iran due to harsh US-led economic sanctions. Read it below:

Dear Dr. Margaret Chan,

As you know, the illegal and inhumane actions led by the US and the EU, targeting the country and the population of Iran, with the stated intention to put pressure on the government of Iran, have intensified in the past two years and increasingly harsher sanctions are imposed almost on a monthly basis.

The regulations governing these inhumane and arbitrary sanctions are executed with such strict inflexibility that Iran is now excluded from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) and the sanctions on banking transactions are preventing Iran from even purchasing its needed medical supplies and instruments.

On the other hand, to avoid suspicion for dealing with Iran, the European banks are fearful not to engage in any kind of financial transactions with Iran and, therefore, in practice, refuse any transfer of payment for medical and health-related items and raw materials needed for the production of domestic pharmaceutical drugs, even payment for well-recognized drugs for the treatment of Special Diseases, which are not of dual use.

Madam Director,

Are you aware that while American and European soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan are being saved by Iranian anti-snake venom potions and medication, Iranian hemophilic children, cancer patients, and those suffering diabetes, under the pretext of the execution of ‘smart sanctions’, are being deprived of their lifeline medication and face death or irreversible disability?

We ask you: What could possibly be the intended target of the wealthy and powerful US and European statesmen’s ‘targeted’ and ‘smart’ sanctions but to destroy the physical and psychological health of the population through the increase of disease and disability?

Madam Director,

We respectfully request from you and from all the relevant international bodies, especially, the World Health Organization and human rights organizations, to act according to their humanitarian and legal responsibilities, and demand the American and European countries leading sanctions on Iran to urgently create the necessary mechanism for opening financial transactions and letters of credit to facilitate the purchase of medicine for Iranian patients.

The right to health and access to medical treatment and medication is one of the fundamental human rights anywhere in the world.  Please do not allow the killing of our sick children, beloved families, and fellow Iranians from the lack of medicine, caught in instrumental policies of coercion and power.

Update: From the Cato Institute, here’s a graph showing the value of the Iranian rial hitting an all time low.




14 Responses to “Iranian Mothers for Peace: ‘Inhumane’ Sanctions Blocking Medicine for the Sick”

  1. America should have sanctions on israel not iran

  2. america needs to be disarmed,detained, dissolved…

  3. Just sickening to see people suffer like this through no fault of their own.

  4. [...] ‘Inhumane’ Iran Sanctions Blocking Medicine for the Sick [...]

  5. This is their imtention, kill as many inocent children as possible.just ask madeline albright.

  6. Yup …. and call it "just and Moral" … Her clip on Youtube calling the innocent deaths of Iraqi children "worth it" gives me the occasional nightmare …..

  7. i was just reading the comments on a yahoo news article under the same subject.

    seems most yahoo readers would like to see iran bombed in some form or another.

    Who are these people? are there really such enormously stupid people in this world?

  8. Yes they are! These people are born politically dumb, they live their lives that way even though some of them get educated to get their BSs, MSs or PHDs, and then they die politically dumb!

  9. There certainly are!! Mouth breathing, couch-sitting, know nothing know-it-alls with an uninformed opinion and worldview that puts actual morons to shame, who have been trained to hate those they do not know – the brown (or yellow or red) skinned OTHER…willfully ignorant morons who will support terrorists or condemn them, depending on who is telling them what to think on what day.
    Yahoo comment threads ALWAYS play host to the lowest common denominator of American Idiot. Just look at the spelling and sentence structure…simpletons easily influenced, ordered about, like trained dogs. Sickening lot.

  10. RE: "From the Cato Institute, here’s a graph showing the value of the Iranian rial hitting an all time low."

    MY COMMENT: It is possible that currency manipulation by the U.S. is partly responsible (see below). I have read that the U.S. also used currency manipulation against the Soviet Union (back in the 1980s).

    SEE: "Iran: Who's Diddling Democracy?", by: Steve Weissman, t r u t h o u t, 6/18/09
    RELEVANT EXCERPT: . . . Back in 2007, ABC News reported that President George W. Bush had signed a secret “Presidential finding” authorizing the CIA to mount covert “black” operations to destabilize the Iranian government. According to current and former intelligence officials, these operations included “a coordinated campaign of propaganda broadcasts, placement of negative newspaper articles, and the manipulation of Iran’s currency and international banking transactions.” . . .
    SOURCE – http://archive.truthout.org/061809J

  11. Russia and Nazi Germany used starvation as a war weapon in WW II, nice one my USA

  12. Just look at the spelling and sentence structure…simpletons easily influenced, ordered about, like trained dogs. Sickening lot.

  13. And yet those same mouth breathing idiots don’t care about half a million dead Iraqi’s either. Just as they don’t care about dead Pakistani children or Yemeni children, or wherever they might die from Obama’s drones. Why? Because they were told not to care and they haven’t the capacity for empathy when it comes to the murderous death of people dying “over there.”

    They just shrug their shoulders and say “it’s there fault for being born in the wrong country.”

    It’s shameful being American.

  14. Ah crap. Can the moderators just delete that comment please, please, please.