Iran should sue Western powers for illegal sanctions

US Congress responds to continued demands by pro-Israel lobby group and quickly votes for additional illegal sanctions again Iran's energy sector. 

Fri Aug 3, 2012
A US-based analyst says Iran should take legal action in the international tribunals against the US, Britain and France for the illegal sanctions they have pursued against the Islamic Republic.

Citing specifically numerous US and European economic sanctions illegitimately imposed on Iran over the past 30 some years, Stephen Lendman referred in an article published by Press TV to a number of UN Charter articles and General Assembly resolutions prohibiting the political and economic coercion against the developing nations and argues that the anti-Iran sanctions are “illegal” and “crimes against humanity.”

Lendman insists that the “blockades are acts of war. Multiple rounds of sanctions targeting vital state functions have similar effects if pushed too far. The ones in place now violate fundamental human rights.”

He recommends that the legal action be pursued in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rather than the often biased International Criminal Court, noting that “ICJ rulings are more measured and just.”

“It (ICJ) called Israel’s Apartheid Wall illegal. It ruled for Nicaragua during Washington’s Contra war. It condemned American terrorism against its people. It awarded (Nicaraguan government in) Managua $17 billion. (Former US President Ronald) Reagan administration officials ignored it. They then blocked Security Council enforcement.”

Nonetheless, he concludes, “a precedent was set. It was repeated against Israel. Iran stands a good chance of prevailing. Proceeding post-haste is wise.”

The latest US sanctions against Iran came Wednesday when the US Congress hastily passed additional illegal sanctions against Iran, responding to vigorous pressures from powerful pro-Israel lobby group in Washington, the AIPAC.

The extraordinary congressional measure, hailed by AIPAC as “the strongest set of sanctions to isolate any country in the world during peacetime,” aims to further punish all banks, insurance firms and shipping lines involved in Iran’s oil exports.

The so-called compromise bill would supposedly build on the oil trade sanctions signed into law by US President Barack Obama back in December, expanding penalties on foreign firms that conduct business with Iran’s national oil company and tanker, intending to make it harder for the Islamic Republic to extract payments for the sale of its petroleum products.

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