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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  • Tony Canzoneri
    signed 2021-02-04 15:48:54 -0500
  • Gloria Garcia
    signed 2021-02-04 15:32:45 -0500
  • Nasrin Taatian
    signed 2021-02-04 15:32:10 -0500
  • Edward Schmid
    signed 2021-02-04 15:20:16 -0500
  • Jackie Schmid
    signed 2021-02-04 15:19:44 -0500
  • David Muro
    signed 2021-02-04 15:00:23 -0500
  • Fred Koster
    signed 2021-02-04 14:55:10 -0500
  • Cathy Lady
    signed 2021-02-04 14:52:34 -0500
    We have no business interfering in Venezuelan politics. Elon Musk and your other corporate cronies need to find other methods for trade that do not involve raping a country of its natural resources. I personally hope Guaido gets sent to prison for his part.
  • Stephen Goss
    signed 2021-02-04 14:35:22 -0500
  • Alex Webb
    signed 2021-02-04 14:22:20 -0500
  • Maryam Anvari
    signed 2021-02-04 14:13:36 -0500
  • Claire O'Kell
    signed 2021-02-04 13:59:33 -0500
  • Edd Aguilar
    signed 2021-02-04 13:56:46 -0500
    Dear President Joe Biden

    Please helps us, Honduran inmigrants.. rebuild what they have destroyed.

    Thank you

    Tours truly



    With due respect Sire.. Bernie help a Lot to your winning ticket. Best wishes to both of you.
  • Parvin Zarrabi
    signed 2021-02-04 13:51:56 -0500
  • maryam khalilnejad
    signed 2021-02-04 13:46:58 -0500
  • Michael Turek
    signed 2021-02-04 13:43:48 -0500
    I am a registered Democrat and disagree with your administrations support of this imposter.
  • Hector Salmeron
    signed 2021-02-04 13:41:05 -0500
    Mr. president don’t give in to the evil greedy capitalists society, let them be free of the evil that is capitalism.
  • Horacio Farinas
    signed 2021-02-04 13:38:10 -0500
  • Tammy Davis
    signed 2021-02-04 13:27:31 -0500
  • Ana Lachelier
    signed 2021-02-04 13:06:26 -0500
  • Darryl Warner
    signed 2021-02-04 13:02:29 -0500
    stop these sanctions.
  • Ken McDaniel
    signed 2021-02-04 12:57:33 -0500
  • jeff kipilman
    signed 2021-02-04 12:43:34 -0500
  • Susan Lamont
    signed 2021-02-04 12:39:08 -0500
  • Stanley Paul Thomas
    signed 2021-02-04 12:30:12 -0500
    This policy is unjust, is causing unnecessary suffering to many innocent people and needs to be abandoned without delay.
  • Mary Rao
    signed 2021-02-04 11:58:30 -0500
    Sanctions need to be moral & not affect the people. Attack the wealthy

    & those in power, not vulnerable people who have done nothing wrong. Please rectify, until changes

    made. Thank you.
  • zohreh tonekaboni
    signed 2021-02-04 11:55:15 -0500
  • Hunt Blainey
    signed 2021-02-04 11:46:09 -0500
  • Laura Eagle
    signed 2021-02-04 11:24:37 -0500
  • Fred Morrison
    signed 2021-02-04 11:22:03 -0500