American sanctions on Venezuela have been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people a new study from the Washington based Center for Economic and Policy Research has found.
The timely conclusion of a two-year study, the report concludes that conditions created by U.S. sanctions since 2015 have been the ultimate cause of up to 40,000 civilian deaths in Venezuela, with the majority of the deaths coming in the past two years.
“We find that these sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, and that these sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory. They are also illegal under international law and treaties which the US has signed.”Center for Economic and Policy Research
The report disproves the common government and media narratives surrounding Venezuelan hardships being caused either by the Presidency of Nicolás Maduro or the implementation of socialism in the country.
Combining a wide range of results that are the consequence of the sanctions including poverty, disease, lack of medicine and power shortage, the new report goes as far as to say that the sanctions imposed on Venezuela are a deliberate attempt at regime change by the American regime.
The U.S. regime has made over 150 designations of individuals and entities in Venezuela for sanctions in the last two years, including 10 sets of designations this year already. With Washington pressurising the financial sector and private banks against working with the country, Venezuela is struggling to keep up supplies of medicine and food.
The Center for Economic and Policy Research is a Washington based think tank co-founded by economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot. In light of their findings, the group has now called on the United States to end their policy of sanctions, describing them as “collective punishment”.
The full report can be accessed by the Center for Economic and Policy Research website.
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