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FNI Invited to a Meeting with the United Nations about Sanctions and Human Rights


The Facts and Norms Institute (FNI) has been extended an invitation to participate in a pivotal United Nations consultation. The session, focusing on the development of guiding principles on unilateral sanctions, over-compliance, and human rights, recognizes FNI's previous feedback to the UN.


On October 10, 2023, FNI's Leonel Eustáquio Mendes Lisboa and Henrique Napoleão Alves submitted a written feedback to the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights — a thorough analysis with suggestions about how to assess the human rights impacts of unilateral sanctions.


The researchers underscored the necessity for inclusivity, evidence-based approaches, and the consideration of sanctions' long-term effects on marginalized communities and sustainable development.


An Opportunity for In-depth Dialogue


Scheduled for November 7, 2023, the consultation will convene at the Palais des Nations and via Webex, aiming to harness the collective expertise of civil society organizations. Spearheaded by Professor Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights, this initiative seeks to elaborate on the nuanced implications of sanctions, drawing from thematic reports and draft guidance notes for financial service providers.


The consultation aims to deepen the dialogue on secondary sanctions and over-compliance, topics of two thematic reports by Professor Douhan. Participants will discuss a more detailed guidance document under preparation, contributing their insights toward concrete recommendations for future policy directions.


The invitation for a joint discussion signals an essential step towards refining the approach to sanctions, highlighting the importance of a balanced perspective that considers both international standards and human rights impacts. The Facts and Norms Institute (FNI), having confirmed its participation, will be represented by Leonel Eustáquio Mendes Lisboa, reflecting a shared commitment to contribute meaningful insights into this intricate issue.


 

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