Regular sanctions are terrible, pandemic sanctions are worse! Lift them!

Dear President Biden,

We welcome the review you have ordered regarding the impacts of financial and economic sanctions on the global response to the pandemic. Your predecessor’s decision to double down on the imposition of sanctions, throughout the pandemic, was cruel and was met with global widespread condemnation. 

Over the past year, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Pope Francis, along with countless parliamentarians, economists and experts, have called for the easing of sanctions.

It has been widely reported that sanctions have directly impeded the acquisition of medicine and medical supplies, including the Covid-19 vaccine itself, in Iran, Venezuela and others. Therefore it is already evident that sanctions are “unduly hindering” the response to the pandemic. 

The humanitarian exemptions included in sanctions legislation are ineffective in practice. There is a cumbersome process to obtain licenses, confusing language as to what is or is not exempt, and overcompliance by banks and companies that are hesitant to carry out transactions or sell goods to sanctioned countries.

Broad sanctions have severe economic consequences that directly impact the lives of everyday people. These consequences have been aggravated as a result of the global health crisis. A tool that was ostensibly implemented to punish the leaders of these countries instead punishes countless innocent civilians. 

We strongly urge your administration to immediately implement broad sanctions relief. Sanctions kill and they kill indiscriminately. 



Cc: Secretary Blinken
Secretary Raimondo
Secretary Yellen


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  • Mathias Chambers
    signed 2022-07-14 18:58:13 -0400
  • Freija Michiels
    signed 2022-01-08 05:14:49 -0500
  • Donald Clark
    signed 2021-11-20 10:11:08 -0500
  • Julie Leak
    signed 2021-08-17 06:36:34 -0400
    Just how much more cruel and heartless can this country be? Shameful. I am ashamed of this country!
  • Gwyneth Saxton
    signed 2021-08-16 10:23:37 -0400
  • Sandina Robbins
    signed 2021-08-16 00:53:06 -0400
  • Iselin Brustrøm
    signed 2021-08-15 03:02:51 -0400
  • Callie Lockwood
    signed via 2021-08-14 18:09:57 -0400
  • James Lamont
    signed 2021-08-14 13:20:26 -0400
  • Dorrine Marshall
    signed 2021-08-14 11:58:37 -0400
  • Brendan McAleer
    signed 2021-08-14 04:39:12 -0400
  • Maya Roy
    signed 2021-08-13 23:57:05 -0400
  • Mark Cripe
    signed 2021-08-13 20:02:52 -0400
  • Chrisanthos Vlasiadis
    signed 2021-05-23 20:32:05 -0400
  • Patricia Lilley
    signed via 2021-04-21 19:12:01 -0400
  • Carole Erickson
    signed 2021-04-21 16:32:59 -0400
  • Katharina Harlow
    signed 2021-04-20 21:20:30 -0400
    End sanctions against Iran.
  • Steve Ellner
    signed 2021-04-19 22:08:58 -0400
  • John Cabral
    signed 2021-04-14 13:45:34 -0400
  • Nondas Moreno
    signed via 2021-04-13 09:18:56 -0400
    What is happening in the USA?why these people ruling this country think they can hurt other nations just because the wealth of those nations is not hand over to them?these ruling class does not matter if are Republicans or Democrats,because we have only one party divided in two branches,they will not stop at nothing to steal ,to kill and destroy sovereign nations .I think is time to put a stop to all these crimes.
  • Nancy Withington
    signed via 2021-04-12 21:44:47 -0400
  • nigel rolland
    signed via 2021-04-12 14:42:27 -0400
  • Norman Koerner
    signed 2021-04-11 13:53:15 -0400
    US Treasury Department sanctions are killing civilians around the world and must stop!
  • Corinne Martina
    signed 2021-04-11 12:33:50 -0400
  • Cathy Michael
    signed 2021-04-09 16:55:52 -0400
  • Robert Phillips
    signed 2021-04-01 10:08:37 -0400
  • Stefani Mistretta
    signed 2021-03-31 13:04:31 -0400
  • Ken Heard
    signed 2021-03-31 10:56:53 -0400
    The UNITED STATES must remove all such sanctions against states in the pandemic as it is against international law to have such in forcedcin such an world emergency.

    People are passing away in various countries and we do not need that on our consciences.

    Remove the sanctions today!

    That is why we need Socialism here and now!
  • Francesca V
    signed 2021-03-31 01:36:12 -0400
  • susan pelican
    signed 2021-03-25 20:51:28 -0400
    No sanctions!!