[Source: The Lancet, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]
US sanctions in Venezuela: help, hindrance, or violation of human rights?
Tanya L Zakrison, Carles Muntaner
Published: June 13, 2019 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31397-2
We read with interest the Review about Venezuela’s public health crisis1 and could not agree more emphatically with the authors. However, the root causes of this economic crisis, specifically, the impact of the US economic sanctions, deserve further inquiry. Since 2014, 43 unilateral, coercive measures have been applied against Venezuela by the US Administration. These have effectively paralysed the economy, blocked oil exportation globally, and frozen Venezuelan financial assets abroad while denying access to international financial systems. This loss in oil revenue and assets has amounted to a shortfall worth billions of US dollars, prohibiting the importation of essential, lifesaving products.
We declare no competing interests.
Keywords: Public Health; Venezuela; USA; Wars; Politics; Society; Poverty.