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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  • Michael Bruns
    signed 2021-02-05 01:34:31 -0500
  • marco durant
    signed 2021-02-05 00:24:52 -0500
  • Mary Sprunger-Froese
    signed 2021-02-05 00:18:32 -0500
  • Donna London
    signed 2021-02-05 00:07:50 -0500
  • David Brookbank
    signed 2021-02-04 23:39:10 -0500
  • Linda Rubiano
    signed 2021-02-04 23:12:33 -0500
  • Micaela Ward
    signed 2021-02-04 23:03:00 -0500
  • John Cook
    signed 2021-02-04 22:55:54 -0500
    You as our elected government are committing a War Crime and targeting an innocent people and the vulnerable of a nation and doing it without many of your peoples’ approval We need to forget the words of John Bolton and our willingness to kill for oil. We need to either help or stay away from the elected government of Venezuela.
  • john Lionheart
    signed 2021-02-04 22:39:51 -0500
  • autumn jacobs
    signed 2021-02-04 22:22:32 -0500
  • Marlena Santoyo
    signed 2021-02-04 22:12:13 -0500
  • Donald Ritchey
    signed via 2021-02-04 22:02:08 -0500
  • James Jacobson
    signed 2021-02-04 21:34:52 -0500
    Please, NO endorsement of the right wing support by trumpists of coup puppet Juan Guaidó! * This is nothing short of good ole US imperialism. Please give President Maduro of Argentina a chance to do important work for the people of the country!!
  • Sally McMullen
    signed 2021-02-04 21:27:59 -0500
  • Kathy Ruopp
    signed 2021-02-04 21:18:03 -0500
  • Ellen Cantarow
    signed 2021-02-04 21:17:22 -0500
    Guaido stole the election in Venezuela with US assistance. It is time to ramp down US imperialism, which has impoverished our infrastructure, health care system (or lack thereof) and other social necessities for our population. Guaido stole the election just as Trump tried to steal the election in the US from you.
  • Eileen Tahmoush
    signed 2021-02-04 20:06:09 -0500
  • Christine Gonzalez
    signed 2021-02-04 19:07:53 -0500
  • Albert Gonzalez
    signed 2021-02-04 18:54:39 -0500
  • Behnam Zakhireh
    signed 2021-02-04 18:52:34 -0500
  • Susan Perez
    signed 2021-02-04 18:35:54 -0500
  • Elizabeth Christine
    signed 2021-02-04 17:55:06 -0500
  • Rudy Friesen
    signed 2021-02-04 17:36:31 -0500
    Maduro is the democratically elected President of Venezeula.
  • Yousef Ezoji
    signed 2021-02-04 17:35:28 -0500
  • Vickie paquette
    signed 2021-02-04 17:28:39 -0500
  • James Cates
    signed 2021-02-04 17:19:38 -0500
    End U.S. Imperialism Now.
  • Luis D. Vázquez
    signed 2021-02-04 17:02:40 -0500
  • Susan Lozano
    signed 2021-02-04 16:38:01 -0500
  • Ed Tomasiewicz
    signed 2021-02-04 16:26:21 -0500
  • Magie Read
    signed 2021-02-04 15:57:34 -0500
    I cannot believe you would support a tool like Guaido in any circumstances. You may not like the democratically elected President, Maduro, but that’s not for you to decide. The people did. Stop punishing them for it. BTW, I didn’t vote for you.