UN Official Rejects US Narrative: Sanctions on Syria Do Undermine Earthquake Relief (Video)

Eugene Puryear and Rania Khalek interview UN Special Rapporteur on Secondary Sanctions, Alena Douhan, February 21, 2023

U.N. Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan discusses the devastating impact of illegal US sanctions on Syria and how they are continuing to block aid in earthquake recovery efforts. Professor Douhan explains how despite the US Treasury issuing a 180-day waiver on certain sanctions imposed on Syria, countries and humanitarian actors are still hesitant to send aid due to overcompliance and fears of potential financial and political consequences from the US in the context of a complex and poorly specified system.

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