"I call on sanctioning states, particularly the United States, to abandon unilateral sanctions," she said and asked President Joe Biden’s administration to release about US$120 billion in Iranian assets frozen abroad.
During a 12-day visit to Iran, Douhan met with social leaders, businessmen, and diplomats to assess the consequences of the sanctions the U.S. reimposed on Iran in 2018.
"Unilateral sanctions have affected every aspect of Iranian life. Human rights have been severely affected," she said, specifying that sanctions diminish the ability of international organizations to help the country's poorest sectors.
To illustrate the scope of the problem, Douhan explained that Iranian diplomats have trouble collecting their salaries in other countries. She herself had to bring cash to pay for the hotel, since international bank cards are blocked.
“The greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy.”
— Ramsey Clark Former US Attorney General
The US supported Saddam Hussein and asked him to wage war against Iran, then provided him with the chemicals to gas thousands of Iranians.pic.twitter.com/uWYlAb0mv5
"I also remind the U.S. that no good intention will justify the violation of human rights. I urge the states that have frozen the assets of Iranian central bank to immediately unfreeze Iran's funds based on international law and humanitarian issues,” she pointed out.
Douhan recalled that the UN Security Council (UNSC) does not maintain punitive measures after the 2015 agreement that limited the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of multilateral sanctions. Only the United States, which withdrew from the JCPOA nuclear deal, keeps sanctions against Iran, most of which are illegal.
“Applying extraterritorial sanctions on Iranian companies or companies working with Iran or paying Iran in U.S. dollars is illegal under international law,” the UN rapporteur emphasized.
Douhan’s visit comes amid negotiations to save the nuclear pact, which are paralyzed since mid-March, after almost a year of discussions.
Iran has not held direct talks with the United States, a country that insists on continuing its economic harassment of the Persian nation. pic.twitter.com/jmbDjSRkL0