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FNI Engages UN Special Rapporteur in Continued Dialogue on Sanctions and Human Rights

Updated: Mar 28

In a series of constructive engagements with global human rights entities, the Facts and Norms Institute has further solidified its collaboration with the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights regarding the impact of sanctions on human rights.

Background and Initial Contributions

The collaboration commenced on October 10, 2023, when FNI submitted detailed feedback on a draft tool designed for assessing the human rights impacts of unilateral sanctions. This initiative aimed to deepen the understanding of sanctions' multifaceted impacts, emphasizing inclusivity and the consideration of vulnerable groups.

The constructive feedback was well-received, highlighting FNI's expertise and commitment to advancing human rights considerations within international policy frameworks. Subsequently, FNI was invited to a pivotal UN consultation on November 7, 2023, focusing on developing guiding principles concerning unilateral sanctions, over-compliance, and their intersection with human rights.

Latest Developments

After the meeting, the UN Special Rapporteur invited further written comments on a draft document currently referred to as the Guiding Principles on Overcompliance and Human Rights.

The draft document aims to address the complexities surrounding sanctions over-compliance and its repercussions on human rights and humanitarian action. In adherence to the extended invitation, the Facts and Norms Institute (FNI) met the deadline of November 27, 2023, by submitting comprehensive additional feedback on the draft document.

Prepared by researcher Leonel Lisboa, this new submission underscores FNI's continued commitment to contributing to the United Nations' efforts in refining policies and guidelines that meticulously consider the human rights implications of unilateral sanctions and over-compliance.


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