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UN concerned over US sanctions against Venezuela

Special rapporteur is particularly worried over reports that the sanctions are aimed at changing the government.
01.02.2019 - 15:30

A UN human rights expert expressed grave concern Thursday after the US imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.


"I am especially concerned to hear reports that these sanctions are aimed at changing the government of Venezuela," Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy said in a written statement. Jazairy said the sanctions could trigger a health crisis. "Sanctions which can lead to starvation and medical shortages are not the answer to the crisis in Venezuela," he said. He noted that the crisis in Venezuela won't be solved by sanctions.

He also called on the international community to engage in constructive dialogue with Venezuela to resolve the problem.

On Monday, the US imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil firm PDVSA and its US subsidiary Citgo to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to step down.