The United Nations expert in the field of human rights, “Alina Dohan”, called on the United States to lift the unilateral sanctions, “Caesar Act,” imposed on “Syria”, as they may prevent the rebuilding of the country’s infrastructure that was destroyed by the war.
Dohan, the UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive punishments on the enjoyment of human rights, added in a statement, last Tuesday, that “the sanctions violate the human rights of the Syrian people whose country has destroyed nearly 10 years of continuous conflict”.
She expressed concern that the Caesar Act of US sanctions on Syria would exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in the country, especially in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, and expose the Syrian people to a greater risk of human rights violations, adding that «the application of the law may exacerbate the crisis.
The existing humanity, which deprives the Syrian people of the opportunity to rebuild their basic infrastructure.
What worries “Dohan” in particular, “is the way in which the Caesar Act deals with human rights, including the rights of the Syrian people to housing, health, an adequate standard of living and development.
The US government should not put obstacles in the way of rebuilding hospitals because the lack of medical care threatens the right to life of all residents”.
She added that the rights of the Syrian people to adequate housing must be respected, and their access to basic services must be guaranteed, adding that Syria needs to be able to access the necessary humanitarian aid and rebuild the basic infrastructure in the country, while relying on foreign aid.
It is clear that the US Treasury Department has classified the Syrian Central Bank as a suspected money laundering suspect, creating unnecessary obstacles in handling Syrian foreign aid and humanitarian imports”.
The United States had recently added the Central Bank of Syria to its list of sanctions known as the Caesar Act, in light of the spread of Coronavirus and the difficulty in obtaining the necessary medical aid for Syrians in light of the sanctions, according to Syrian government officials.