On behalf of OIC Member States, we welcome the holding of this biennial panel discussion on unilateral coercive measures and human rights. We consider that this is an important subject because such measures adversely impact enjoyment of human rights.
2. We are deeply alarmed by the disproportionate and indiscriminate human costs of unilateral sanctions and their negative affects on the civilian population of the targeted States, in particular those most vulnerable women and children, often the unintended but eventual targets. Surely hitting the weakest cannot be a noble objective. Equally, unilateral coercive measures become tools in the hands of the powerful and prevent the full realization of economic and social development of nations while also affecting the full realization of human rights. They also impinge on the effective implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development.
3. The OIC States are of the view that remedies, compensation and redress at the United Nations level “should be provided” to those who have been affected and their rights been violated by unilateral measures.
4. We would like the Panelists to elaborate on what in their view are the possible mechanisms to ensure the availability of efficient remedies and redress for victims of unilateral coercive measures especially where these measures have a direct impact on the core basic necessities of large populations including water, health, children’s education and most of all seriously undermine their Human Dignity.
I thank you Mr. President