No Sanctions!

No Sanctions!

Congress must end inhumane Venezuela sanctions!

U.S. residents: fill out the form to contact your Reps and Senators.



Overseas supporters can sign this petition:

It is beyond inhumane that the Trump administration is intensifying its sanctions on Venezuela. Three years of broad economic measures have done nothing to further the administration’s regime change efforts. Instead, the sanctions strategy has hurt innocent civilians and is a factor in the regional migration crisis. The United States must lift these immoral and ineffective sanctions!

Here is what the experts have to say about the sanctions on Venezuela:

Economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot in a Center for Economic and Policy Research study: “We find that the sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018; and that these sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory.”

Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of the Unilateral Coercive Measures: “The use of sanctions by outside powers to overthrow an elected government is in violation of all norms of international law.… I call upon the international community to engage in constructive dialogue with Venezuela to find solutions to the very real challenges being faced…. Economic sanctions are effectively compounding the grave crisis affecting the Venezuelan economy, adding to the damage caused by hyperinflation and the fall in oil prices. This is a time when compassion should be expressed for the long-suffering people of Venezuela by promoting, not curtailing, access to food and medicine.”

Alfred de Zayas, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order: “The sanctions against Venezuela have exacerbated the economic crisis caused by the collapse of oil prices, leading to a serious scarcity of medicines and food, other shortages, distribution delays, etc. As a consequence Venezuelan children have died, as have adults and elderly people. Keeping in mind that sanctions are not accidental but planned and deliberate, this amounts to criminal liability, and the situation must be brought to the attention of the General Assembly with a view to adopting resolutions that clearly declare the sanctions illegal and criminal.”

Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the RIght to Food: “The continued imposition of crippling economic sanctions on Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, and, to a lesser degree, Zimbabwe, to name the most prominent instances, severely undermines the ordinary citizens’ fundamental right to sufficient and adequate food.”

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “I am deeply worried about the potentially severe impact on the human rights of the people of Venezuela of the new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the US this week. The sanctions are extremely broad and fail to contain sufficient measures to mitigate their impact on the most vulnerable sectors of the population. I fear that they will have far-reaching implications on the rights to health and to food in particular, in a country where there are already serious shortages of essential goods.”  

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General: “I am encouraging the waiving of sanctions imposed on countries to ensure access to food, essential health supplies, and COVID-19 medical support. This is the time for solidarity not exclusion…. Let us remember that we are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world.”

And finally, here are what U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, Brian Schatz, Chris Van Hollen, Tom Carper, Tim Kaine, Ben Cardin, Tom Udall, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley and Patrick Leahy wrote in a March 26 letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: “As these countries struggle to respond to their domestic health crises, U.S. sanctions are hindering the free flow of desperately needed medical and humanitarian supplies due to the broad, chilling effect of sanctions on such transactions, even when there are technical exemption. While the shortcomings of these national governments are largely due to their endemic corruption, mismanagement, and authoritarian behavior, broad-based U.S. sanctions have exacerbated the failing medical response. Helping these nations save lives during this crisis is the right thing to do from a moral perspective, but it is also the right thing to do from a national security perspective.” 

The United States is causing untold suffering for innocent Venezuelans with its cruel sanctions policy. Lift the sanctions and engage in dialogue!

Thank you,

Comments

  • Celia Alldridge
    signed 2020-05-25 11:47:53 -0400
  • richard nicholson
    signed via 2020-05-25 04:27:11 -0400
  • Josune Arzalluz
    signed 2020-05-20 00:50:41 -0400
  • Joyce Stevens
    signed 2020-05-16 14:22:49 -0400
  • paula moats
    signed 2020-05-14 23:46:31 -0400
  • Dan Bieker
    signed 2020-05-14 07:13:37 -0400
  • Scarlett Richman
    signed 2020-05-11 22:27:11 -0400
  • Deborah Dexter-Mendez
    signed 2020-05-11 18:49:58 -0400
  • Philip Traynor
    signed 2020-05-11 13:20:29 -0400
    Philip Traynor
  • Kathleen Miles
    signed 2020-05-11 13:12:12 -0400
  • Tamlyn Jordan
    signed 2020-05-08 16:41:20 -0400
    Hey!! US gov, can we please stop the American aggression, at least while Cornonvirus is wrecking havoc???
  • Peter Pope Jones
    signed 2020-05-08 15:59:26 -0400
    Stop Stealing and Killing people
  • Ann Kelly
    signed 2020-05-08 15:51:14 -0400
    No more sanctions or regime change wars, especially during the pandemic! Not now, not in the future! Stop the wars!
  • Cynthia Papermaster
    signed 2020-05-07 18:32:53 -0400
  • Judith Daniel
    signed 2020-05-06 11:35:13 -0400
  • Giuliano Albertini
    signed 2020-05-05 08:19:38 -0400
  • Christian Lindberg
    signed 2020-05-05 05:36:49 -0400
  • Richard Tuma
    signed 2020-05-05 02:58:42 -0400
  • Helgaleena Healingline
    signed 2020-05-04 23:02:44 -0400
  • Matthew Walker
    signed 2020-05-04 22:59:45 -0400
  • Naseema Mall
    signed 2020-05-04 15:15:59 -0400
  • Gene Ammarell
    signed 2020-05-04 13:35:14 -0400
  • Mary Bissell
    signed 2020-05-04 00:03:35 -0400
  • Percy Hicks-Severn Hicks-Severn
    signed 2020-05-03 15:17:46 -0400
  • Kelley Keisch
    signed 2020-05-03 14:02:09 -0400
  • Jan Gafert
    signed 2020-05-03 10:10:02 -0400
  • Luis Diaz
    signed 2020-05-03 09:33:41 -0400
    Saqueo y robo descarado,es su divisa en nombre de la libertad.
  • Wolfgang von Au
    signed 2020-05-03 06:43:37 -0400
  • Robin Davis
    signed 2020-05-03 06:10:28 -0400
  • Samuel Priemayr
    signed 2020-05-03 03:29:18 -0400
    federalismo por siempre!

Overseas supporters can sign this petition:

It is beyond inhumane that the Trump administration is intensifying its sanctions on Venezuela. Three years of broad economic measures have done nothing to further the administration’s regime change efforts. Instead, the sanctions strategy has hurt innocent civilians and is a factor in the regional migration crisis. The United States must lift these immoral and ineffective sanctions!

Here is what the experts have to say about the sanctions on Venezuela:

Economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot in a Center for Economic and Policy Research study: “We find that the sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018; and that these sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory.”

Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of the Unilateral Coercive Measures: “The use of sanctions by outside powers to overthrow an elected government is in violation of all norms of international law.… I call upon the international community to engage in constructive dialogue with Venezuela to find solutions to the very real challenges being faced…. Economic sanctions are effectively compounding the grave crisis affecting the Venezuelan economy, adding to the damage caused by hyperinflation and the fall in oil prices. This is a time when compassion should be expressed for the long-suffering people of Venezuela by promoting, not curtailing, access to food and medicine.”

Alfred de Zayas, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order: “The sanctions against Venezuela have exacerbated the economic crisis caused by the collapse of oil prices, leading to a serious scarcity of medicines and food, other shortages, distribution delays, etc. As a consequence Venezuelan children have died, as have adults and elderly people. Keeping in mind that sanctions are not accidental but planned and deliberate, this amounts to criminal liability, and the situation must be brought to the attention of the General Assembly with a view to adopting resolutions that clearly declare the sanctions illegal and criminal.”

Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the RIght to Food: “The continued imposition of crippling economic sanctions on Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, and, to a lesser degree, Zimbabwe, to name the most prominent instances, severely undermines the ordinary citizens’ fundamental right to sufficient and adequate food.”

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “I am deeply worried about the potentially severe impact on the human rights of the people of Venezuela of the new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the US this week. The sanctions are extremely broad and fail to contain sufficient measures to mitigate their impact on the most vulnerable sectors of the population. I fear that they will have far-reaching implications on the rights to health and to food in particular, in a country where there are already serious shortages of essential goods.”  

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General: “I am encouraging the waiving of sanctions imposed on countries to ensure access to food, essential health supplies, and COVID-19 medical support. This is the time for solidarity not exclusion…. Let us remember that we are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world.”

And finally, here are what U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, Brian Schatz, Chris Van Hollen, Tom Carper, Tim Kaine, Ben Cardin, Tom Udall, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley and Patrick Leahy wrote in a March 26 letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: “As these countries struggle to respond to their domestic health crises, U.S. sanctions are hindering the free flow of desperately needed medical and humanitarian supplies due to the broad, chilling effect of sanctions on such transactions, even when there are technical exemption. While the shortcomings of these national governments are largely due to their endemic corruption, mismanagement, and authoritarian behavior, broad-based U.S. sanctions have exacerbated the failing medical response. Helping these nations save lives during this crisis is the right thing to do from a moral perspective, but it is also the right thing to do from a national security perspective.” 

The United States is causing untold suffering for innocent Venezuelans with its cruel sanctions policy. Lift the sanctions and engage in dialogue!

Thank you,

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