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45 communications found
Date, Country,
Type and
ref. no. of
communication
Mandates Summary Replies
received
    26 Oct 2022
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • development
  • food
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning the serious challenges and obstacles in the implementation of humanitarian carve-outs (exemptions and exceptions) in the current US unilateral sanctions regimes, with serious adverse effects in the delivery of humanitarian aid and the lives of all those benefiting from such aid in the countries targeted by sanctions.
Alleged victims: -
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    26 Oct 2022
    Permanent Delegation of the European Union
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • development
  • food
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning the serious challenges and obstacles in the implementation of EU humanitarian carve-outs/exceptions, such as exemptions and derogations, in the current unilateral sanction regimes, with serious adverse effects in the delivery of humanitarian aid and the lives of all those benefiting from such aid in the targeted by sanctions countries.
Alleged victims: -
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12 Dec 2022
    11 Oct 2022
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • business
  • development
  • health
  • international solidarity
Information concerning difficulties encountered in establishing a durable flow of vital medical supplies to Iran in the context of U.S. sanctions against the country; and particularly the reluctance of key parties to be involved in the supply despite the exemptions that are supposed to allow humanitarian goods to be shipped to Iran. This reluctance, due to substantial overcompliance with the sanctions, has impeded the establishment of lasting arrangements for procuring and shipping medical supplies to Iran, forcing a shift toward ad hoc arrangements that add complexity, time, costs and uncertainty to the supply process, which negatively impact the right to health and right to life of patients for whom the supplies are destined.
Alleged victims: 1
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    11 Oct 2022
    Sweden
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • business
  • development
  • health
  • international solidarity
Information concerning difficulties encountered in establishing a durable flow of these and other medical supplies to Iran in view of U.S. sanctions against the country.
Alleged victims: 1
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09 Dec 2022
    11 Oct 2022
    Mölnlycke Health Care AB
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • business
  • development
  • health
  • international solidarity
Information concerning financing the procurement by UNICEF of Mepilex dressings for Iranian patients with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) through the Ministry of Health, delivered via a domestic charity. I
Alleged victims: 1
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    27 Sep 2022
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • Afghanistan
  • climate change
  • health
  • international order
  • international solidarity
  • minority issues
Information concerning the imposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran and Iranian economic sectors, entities and individuals through a series of executive orders, laws and regulations in recent decades, and specifically the negative impact of these sanctions on the enjoyment of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment in the Islamic Republic of Iran and elsewhere, and on other rights that are harmed by the sanctions’ erosion of this right, especially the right to health and the right to life.
Alleged victims: 1
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    07 Sep 2022
    United States of America
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning restrictions on exports to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela of spare parts that are essential for the functioning of electron microscopes. The restrictions are associated with sanctions imposed against the Venezuelan Government and against key economic sectors, entities and individuals under a series of U.S. executive orders and laws over the past two decades. Concern is expressed that the inability to obtain the spare parts impedes the continued use of these microscopes, with detrimental effects on the rights of the Venezuelan people, such as the right to the highest attainable standard of health as well as a number of other rights.
Alleged victims: 1
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    02 Aug 2022
    Sweden
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • international solidarity
Information concerning practices of implementation of overcompliance, most specifically regarding the suspension of the PostNord joint Danish-Swedish postal service, to and from the Russian Federation and Belarus, intended to serve the civilian population in both countries.
Alleged victims: 1
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30 Sep 2022
    02 Aug 2022
    GeoPost/DPDgroup
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • international solidarity
Information concerning practices of implementation of overcompliance, most specifically regarding the suspension of the PostNord joint Danish-Swedish postal service, to and from the Russian Federation and Belarus, intended to serve the civilian population in both countries.
Alleged victims: 1
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07 Oct 2022
    02 Aug 2022
    Denmark
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • international solidarity
Information concerning practices of implementation of overcompliance, most specifically regarding the suspension of the PostNord joint Danish-Swedish postal service, to and from the Russian Federation and Belarus, intended to serve the civilian population in both countries.
Alleged victims: 1
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    22 Jun 2022
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • cultural rights
  • development
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning serious challenges faced by scholars and authors in accessing scientific publication processes due to the imposed restrictions under US sanctions and regulations on publishing and other activities and their interpretation by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Alleged victims: -
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    22 Jun 2022
    Taylor & Francis
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • cultural rights
  • development
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning serious challenges faced by scholars and authors in accessing scientific publication processes due to the imposed restrictions under US sanctions and regulations on publishing and other activities and their interpretation by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Alleged victims: -
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    22 Jun 2022
    John Wiley & Sons, Inc
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • cultural rights
  • development
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning serious challenges faced by scholars and authors in accessing scientific publication processes due to the imposed restrictions under US sanctions and regulations on publishing and other activities and their interpretation by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Alleged victims: -
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17 Aug 2022
    22 Jun 2022
    Elsevier
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • cultural rights
  • development
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning serious challenges faced by scholars and authors in accessing scientific publication processes due to the imposed restrictions under US sanctions and regulations on publishing and other activities and their interpretation by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Alleged victims: -
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    22 Jun 2022
    Atlantis Press
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • cultural rights
  • development
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning serious challenges faced by scholars and authors in accessing scientific publication processes due to the imposed restrictions under US sanctions and regulations on publishing and other activities and their interpretation by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Alleged victims: -
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    04 May 2022
    United States of America
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the fact that the joint stock companies Belaruskali, a state-owned enterprise in the Republic of Belarus which mines potash, and Belarus Potash Company (BPC), a state-owned enterprise that markets and exports the potash, have been listed under U.S. sanctions on the basis of Executive Order 14038 of 9 August 2021, resulting in the blocking of their assets and transactions over which the United States of America claims jurisdiction; and that these listings are separately and jointly having a detrimental effect on human rights internationally, particularly the right to adequate food but also other rights that are associated with it.
Alleged victims: -
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    04 May 2022
    Permanent Delegation of the European Union
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the fact that the European Union has imposed sanctions blocking imports, purchases and transfers of potassium chloride (potash) from Belarus, initially under Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1030 of 24 June 2021 regarding potash with certain specifications, and subsequently under Council Regulation (EU) 2022/355 of 2 March 2022 regarding all potash from Belarus, as the sanctions are having a detrimental effect on human rights internationally, particularly the right to adequate food but also other rights that are associated with it.
Alleged victims: -
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    04 May 2022
    Lithuania
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the fact that the joint stock companies Belaruskali, a state-owned enterprise in the Republic of Belarus which mines potash, and Belarus Potash Company (BPC), a state-owned enterprise that markets and exports the potash, are being blocked from transporting it through the Republic of Lithuania as a result of its response to unilateral sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States of America, and also concerning the fact that banks in Lithuania have impeded transactions pertaining to trade in Belarusian potash; and that these are having a detrimental effect on human rights internationally, particularly the right to adequate food but also other rights that are associated with it.
Alleged victims: -
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    06 Apr 2022
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • development
  • executions
  • food
  • foreign debt
  • health
  • international order
  • international solidarity
  • minority issues
  • poverty
  • violence against women
  • water and sanitation
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the critical humanitarian situation faced by millions in Afghanistan since the collapse of the former government in August 2021 and the decision of your Excellency’s Government to block the foreign assets of Afghanistan’s central bank (Da Afghanistan Bank) as an addition to the applicable sanctions regime, and which may have serious adverse effects on all efforts to support basic human needs in the country.
Alleged victims: -
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    16 Dec 2021
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning the freezing of gold assets of the Central Bank of Venezuela (CBV) by the Bank of England (BOE), which has been holding the gold on behalf of the CBV.
Alleged victims: 1
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07 Mar 2022
    16 Dec 2021
    Bank of England
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning the freezing of gold assets of the Central Bank of Venezuela (CBV) by the Bank of England (BOE), which has been holding the gold on behalf of the CBV
Alleged victims: 1
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    14 Oct 2021
    Sweden
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • executions
  • health
  • international order
  • international solidarity
  • torture
Information received concerning the fact that Mölnlycke Health Care AB (Mölnlycke), a company based in the Kingdom of Sweden which develops and produces medical products, stopped selling them to Iran after the United States reimposed sanctions against that country in 2018.
Alleged victims: -
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14 Dec 2021
    14 Oct 2021
    Mölnlycke Health Care AB
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • executions
  • health
  • international order
  • international solidarity
  • torture
Information received concerning the fact that Mölnlycke Health Care AB (Mölnlycke), which develops and produces medical products, has stopped selling to Iran after the United States reimposed sanctions against the country in 2018.
Alleged victims: -
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    22 Sep 2021
    Permanent Delegation of the European Union
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the negative impact on human rights of the restrictive measure against Belarusian air carriers mandated by Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/908 of 4 June 2021, which raises grave rule of law and human rights concerns. Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/908 specifies that “(European Union) Member States shall deny permission to land in, take off from or overfly their territories to any aircraft operated by Belarusian air carriers, including as a marketing carrier, in accordance with their national rules and laws and consistent with international law, in particular relevant international civil aviation agreements.”
Alleged victims: 7000
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03 Nov 2021
    19 Jul 2021
    Cabo Verde
    JAL
  • arbitrary Detention
  • health
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • torture
  • unilateral coercive measures
Informations reçues concernant l'arrestation, la détention et une procédure d'extradition arbitraire à l’encontre de M. Alex Saab Moran, Envoyé spécial et Représentant permanent par intérim du Venezuela auprès de l'Union africaine.
Alleged victims: 1
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    12 Jul 2021
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • development
  • health
  • international order
  • international solidarity
  • torture

Alleged victims: 17
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    12 Jul 2021
    Novo Banco SA
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • development
  • health
  • international order
  • international solidarity
  • torture
Information received concerning the effect of sanctions on the access to adequate healthcare and treatment by Venezuelan nationals suffering from oncological deceases.
Alleged victims: 17
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16 Aug 2021
    31 May 2021
    Latvia
    JAL
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • education
  • minority issues
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the adoption and enforcement of a series of measures which appear to impose limitations affecting the use of minority languages in Latvia. In particular we have received new information regarding education laws, some of which we had previously raised concerns about in 2018 and 2019, as well as about a range of new laws or related policies adopted or applied since 2020 that raise serious concerns about their potential effects on the enjoyment and promotion of minority linguistic rights in the country.
Alleged victims: -
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27 Jul 2021
    06 Apr 2021
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • arbitrary Detention
Concerns about the negative impact on human rights of certain activities of the Department of State’s “Rewards for Justice” program (P.L. 98-533, 22 U.S.C. § 2708, hereinafter “RFJ”).
Alleged victims: 1
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    02 Feb 2021
    United States of America
    JUA
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • terrorism
Information received regarding the situation of Mr. Alireza Rahnavard, a national of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who was listed as a Specially Designated National by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on 24 June 2020. Allegations received in relation to this situation were transmitted to the attention of your Excellency’s Government in a letter of 4 September 2020, in which a response within 60 days was requested (AL USA 24/2020). Regrettably, to date no reply to this communication has been received from your Excellency’s Government.
Alleged victims: 1
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    29 Jan 2021
    United States of America
    JOL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • food
  • internally displaced persons
  • international solidarity
Information received about the negative impact on human rights of sanctions imposed as the result of declarations of what appears to be permanent state of national emergencies by the President of the United States under authority granted by the legislative acts based on the National Emergencies
Alleged victims: -
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    21 Dec 2020
    United States of America
    JAL
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • food
  • health
  • international solidarity
Information received concerning the negative impact on human rights of sanctions authorized by the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 (“Caesar Act” – Public Law 116-92, Title LXXIV), signed into law on 20 December 2019, and Executive Order 13894, under which the first sanctions were imposed on 17 June 2020
Alleged victims: 17500657
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    04 Sep 2020
    United States of America
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the situation of Mr. Alireza Rahnavard
Alleged victims: 5
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    26 Aug 2020
    United States of America
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received regarding the negative impact on human rights of targeted sanctions authorized by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (Sergei Magnitsky Act), the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016 (Global Magnitsky Act) and Executive Order 13818 (E.O. 13818) of 20 December 2017.
Alleged victims: 200
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    23 Jun 2020
    United States of America
    JAL
  • independence of judges and lawyers
  • arbitrary Detention
  • executions
  • toxics and human rights
  • human rights defenders
  • international order
  • Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • truth
  • justice
  • reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the implementation of policies and initiatives aimed at influencing the independence of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
Alleged victims: -
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    21 Apr 2020
    United States of America
    JUA
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • development
  • disability
  • executions
  • international order
  • international solidarity
  • torture
Information recieved concerning the alleged ongoing severe impact of the unilateral economic coercive measures imposed on Cuba, on the citizens of Cuba in the context of unprecedented global health crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
Alleged victims: -
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    26 Aug 2019
    United States of America
    JAL
  • food
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the possible severe impact of the unilateral economic measures that your Excellency’s Government imposed on Cuba on 17 April 2019, on the right to food and to an adequate standard of living of the citizens of Cuba.
Alleged victims: -
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    02 May 2019
    United States of America
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the 17 April 2019 decision of the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to designate the Central Bank of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (hereafter “Venezuela”) under Executive Order 13850, “Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela,” as amended, thereby preventing any State or person from engaging in dollar-based transactions with it, and to limit remittances and credit card transactions by March 2020.
Alleged victims: -
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    05 Nov 2018
    United States of America
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the Executive Order 13846 of August 6, 2018, “Reimposing Certain Sanctions With Respect to Iran”, targeting the Islamic Republic of Iran (hereinafter “Iran”).
Alleged victims: -
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    20 Aug 2018
    United States of America
    JOL
  • disability
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning Executive Order 13846 (E.O.) of August 6, 2018, “Reimposing Certain Sanctions With Respect to Iran”, targeting the Islamic Republic of Iran (hereinafter “Iran”).
Alleged victims: -
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    16 Aug 2018
    Saudi Arabia
    JAL
  • disability
  • health
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the case of a Qatari three-year-old boy with disabilities who has allegedly been denied entry into Saudi Arabia together with his father Mr. Sultan Jassim Al-Ma’adid, due to the travel ban imposed on all Qatari nationals since June 2017.
Alleged victims: 1
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15 Oct 2018
    11 Aug 2017
    United States of America
    AL
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning allegations that the United States is intending to issue economic sanctions on Venezuela, which are likely to result in human rights violations of its citizens.
Alleged victims: -
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22 Aug 2017
    11 Apr 2017
    Saudi Arabia
    JAL
  • food
  • international order
  • unilateral coercive measures
Information received concerning the negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights of the people in Yemen due to the ongoing blockade of aircraft and vessels carrying essential goods to Yemeni ports, including basic food items, fuel and essential medicines.
Alleged victims: -
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15 Jun 2017
    17 Nov 2016
    Saudi Arabia
    JAL
  • health
  • international order
  • unilateral coercive measures
  • water and sanitation
Information received concerning the negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights of the apparent blockage of aircraft and vessels carrying essential goods from entering Yemen.
Alleged victims: -
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22 Dec 2016
27 Dec 2016
09 Jan 2017
    15 Dec 2015
    India
    JUA
  • food
  • health
  • water and sanitation
  • unilateral coercive measures
Alleged blockage at the Nepal-India border of vessels carrying essential goods resulting in a lack of basic supplies and services, including food, fuel, water and sanitation, and medical supplies and services available to the people of Nepal. According to the information received, on 20 September 2015, Nepal promulgated a new constitution, the adoption of which eventually resulted in a blockage at the border with India. On 24 September 2015, vehicles carrying essential supplies were prevented from entering Nepal. A lack of medical supplies combined with water shortages have reportedly reduced the availability of certain medical procedures, while the shortage of other vital supplies such as food and fuel had a detrimental impact on the health of persons in situation of vulnerability, school closures, and deforestation for use as fuel. As a consequence of this blockage and due to Nepal’s heavy reliance on the border trade and transactions the country risks facing a humanitarian crisis.
Alleged victims: -
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28 Dec 2015