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FNI Offers Feedback to the United Nations on Sanctions and Human Rights

In a significant contribution to global human rights discourse, the Facts and Norms Institute has offered comprehensive feedback on the Draft Monitoring & Impact Assessment Tool designed for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures.

This feedback, stemming from the Institute's experience with human rights research, aims to refine the tool aimed at understanding the nuanced impacts of unilateral sanctions on human rights enjoyment.

Addressing the complex effects of sanctions

The development of the Draft Monitoring & Impact Assessment Tool comes in response to the need for a systematic approach to evaluate the complex effects of unilateral sanctions on human rights. Recognizing the increasing use of such sanctions globally, the UN Special Rapporteur initiated a process to create a tool that would facilitate informed discussions on the relationship between sanctions and human rights impacts. This initiative builds on previous efforts by entities like the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, aiming to fill a critical gap in the international human rights framework.

In this evolving landscape, the Special Rapporteur has extended a call for inputs to collect perspectives and insights from relevant stakeholders. Represented by Leonel Eustáquio Mendes Lisboa and Henrique Napoleão Alves, the Facts and Norms Institute joined the conversation with a comprehensive written feedback.

Feedback for a More Inclusive and Effective Tool

The Institute's reseachers propose several enhancements to the tool, stressing the importance of inclusivity, comprehensiveness, and evidence-based approaches. Their suggestions include a stronger emphasis on diverse perspectives, particularly from marginalized groups, and the inclusion of additional principles such as transparency, collaboration, and accountability to bolster the tool's effectiveness.

The feedback underscores the critical need for a mechanism that accurately assesses the multifaceted human rights implications of unilateral sanctions. It highlights the importance of understanding the direct and long-term impacts of these measures across various sectors, including health, food security, employment, social protection, and access to technology.

Particularly noteworthy is the Institute's focus on the disproportionate impacts of sanctions on vulnerable and marginalized groups, as well as the potential hindrance to achieving a "just transition" towards sustainable economies. The proposed additional sections on the climate crisis and its intersection with sanctions aim to ensure that environmental sustainability and human rights considerations are at the forefront of policy discussions.


To read the full feedback report, click here:

Lisboa L; Alves HN. UN Draft Sanctions Monitoring Tool
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