Following unilateral US withdrawal from JCPOA and the re-imposition of sanctions against Iran which dramatically affects importing of live-saving medicines, IRIMC as the advocate of patients’ rights and one the main national healt...
In an official letter addressed to UN Secretary General signed
jointly by IRIMC President and Chairman of IRIMC Supreme Council, Iranian
Medical Council urged UN to take all necessary measures to save people’s lives
and to avoid humanitarian crisis.
The President and the Chairman of the Supreme Council
emphasized that US-led illegitimate economic sanctions and restricting
international trade would dramatically affect deliveries of medicine,
pharmaceutical products, and importing of essential medical supplies resulting
in health crisis for Iranian people.
The letter of IRIMC senior official bodies to UN Secretary
General is as follows:
13 November 2018
Mr. António Guterres,
The Honorable Secretary General of the United Nations,
United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017, USA.
the honour to address you in our capacity as directors of Medical Council of
the Islamic Republic of Iran on the harmful impacts of the illegitimate
re-imposition of unilateral economic sanctions by the United States on the
health sector in Iran, following the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action on 8 May 2018.
are well aware, access to healthcare constitutes a fundamental element of the
right to health to which all individuals are entitled. To that end, States are
obliged to respect, protect and fulfill this right for all, and to refrain from
limiting access to health care services.
Due to the fact that US-led illegitimate
economic sanctions and restricting international trade have seriously affected
our ability to secure access to healthcare services, medical drugs and
supplies, we would like to draw your immediate attention to the health-related
hardship caused by such sanctions for Iranians, and to underline the urgent
need for solutions to be identified to address this humanitarian concern.
forward to receiving a response at your earliest convenience with respect to
any possible measure that can be taken with a view to answering this problem
and precluding future deterioration.
accept, Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.
Dr. Iradj Fazel
Dr. Mohammadreza Zafarghandi
President Chairman of Supreme Council
Bureau of International Relations