In framework of ingoing permanent cooperation with UN bodies ARC’s experts were invited for online participation on side event “Impact of Unilateral Sanctions on Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals”, in the margins of the 54th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

During side event, jointly organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on impact of unilateral coercive measures on enjoyment of human rights and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, participants, including Professor Borys Babin and PhD Anna Prykhodko, took part in discussion regarding “repercussions of unilateral sanctions on human rights, with a special focus on the right to health and associated Sustainable Development Goals”.

Dr. Babin reminded to side event’s participants proposals of our Association granted to UN Special Rapporteur earlier, that the main form of assessment the effectiveness of unilateral measures must take into account the level of violation the demands of international law by the state, which is the object of sanction policy, before and after the relevant sanctions were imposed or changed.

The main criteria may be the quantity of people, whore rights, including right to health, are realized under control by regime (government) which is the object of sanction policy, before and after sanctions started; the level of punitive and military bodies’ negative potential in such state before and after sanctions started etc as we informed UN Special Rapporteur earlier.

Also professor Babin reminded on issues of negative impact of states’ own unilateral measures on population controlled by them giving the example of such situation in negative influence of ban “foreign drugs and vaccines” by Russia on epidemic situation in Russia occupied territories of Ukraine, including the Crimea, especially after COVID pandemic and Russian broad scale aggression started.

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