Here the ICC’s Statement on US Sanctions against Iran
On November 5th, 2018, the Trump administration will reinstate sanctions on Iran, violating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2231. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors reported in August 2018 that Iran is still in compliance with the nuclear agreement despite this move by the US. The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) denounces the move by the US Administration to violate UNSC resolution 2231 and the provisional ruling of the International Court of Justice, the latter which stated, “both parties must refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute before the Court or make it more difficult to resolve.”
This unilateral and undiplomatic decision to illegally violate JCPOA is overwhelming unpopular with the International Community. Members of the European Union and the remaining members of the UN Security Council (the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia) are still in support of the deal and have voiced their concerns to the Trump administration.
The JCPOA is a landmark diplomatic agreement and a shining example of how diplomacy can ensure and promote international peace and stability. The reinstatement of these illegal sanctions does not only defy the multilateral nuclear agreement but also sets a dangerous precedent for future international agreements. The US’s impending enforcement of illegal sanctions undermines the very rules-based international order that the United Nations and other international agencies are founded upon.
Furthermore, the pending US sanctions are not only illegal but also violate the basic human rights of the Iranian people. On August 22nd, 2018 the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Mr. Idriss Jazairy, stated that “[t]hese unjust and harmful sanctions are destroying the economy and currency of Iran, driving millions of people into poverty.”
One of the largest impacts that the sanctions will have on ordinary Iranians regards the healthcare sector. Currently, doctors and patients are reporting shortages on life-saving medicine. The sanctions would prevent European and US companies that provide the advanced medicine and equipment needed for certain treatments from selling these products to Iran. Additionally, even those goods that are making it into Iran are being sold at hugely inflated prices due to a sharp currency downturn after Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal. It is therefore abundantly clear that sanctions hurt ordinary Iranians and put thousands of lives at risk.
We call upon Canada to work with the rest of the International Community to:
- Stand against the illegal and irresponsible reinstatement of sanctions by the US.
- Implement measures to support the remaining parties of the agreement and other countries who are committed to the terms of the JCPOA.
- Work to alleviate the medicine and medical equipment shortage in Iran that has been predicted by Iranian health practitioners and international organizations to worsen with these newest sanctions.