Chair of the NAM at Human Rights Council: "unilateral coercive measures(...) against developing countries is contrary to international law, human rights law and the basic rights of populations"

Mr. President,
I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement in continuation of the efforts to highlight the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on human rights, development, international relations, trade, investment and cooperation. In this regard, we would like to appreciate the SR for his report.

Mr. President,
The laws and regulations imposing unilateral coercive measures have an extraterritorial effect not only on targeted countries but also on third countries, in contravention of basic principles of international law. In this regard, NAM recognizes that unilateral coercive measures in the form of economic sanctions have far-reaching implications for the human rights of the general population of targeted States, disproportionately affecting the poor and the most vulnerable classes, notably that, most current unilateral coercive measures have been imposed on developing countries. Hence, we reiterate that, adoption of unilateral coercive measures, rules and policies, for any cause or consideration, against developing countries is contrary to international law, human rights law and the basic rights of populations such as the right to life, the rights to health and medical care, the right to freedom from hunger and the right to an adequate standard of living.

Mr. President,
Unfortunately, despite the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, the Commission on Human Rights and at United Nations conferences, and contrary to the norms of international law and the Charter, unilateral coercive measures continue to be promulgated, implemented and enforced, with all their negative implications for the social-humanitarian activities and economic and social development of developing countries.
Hence, NAM stress on the need for an independent mechanism of the United Nations human rights machinery for the victims of unilateral coercive measure to address the issues of remedies and redress with a view to promote accountability and reparations. In this regard, NAM urge all special rapporteurs and existing thematic mechanisms in the field of economic, social and cultural rights to pay due attention to the negative impact and consequences of unilateral coercive measures and to cooperate with the Special Rapporteur in fulfilling his mandate. NAM also recognizes the importance of the role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in addressing the challenges arising from unilateral coercive measures and their negative impact on the human rights of peoples and individuals.
Last but not least, while NAM continues to support SR for his mandate, we call on all states to cooperate fully with SR in fulfilling his mandate.

Thank you.

(September 13 th, 2016)

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