Earlier today, April 29th 2019, the Center for Economic Development, a Washington D.C. based international think tank, released the results of 2 year long study into the results of the US’s current trade War with Venezuela. Combining factors such as poverty, disease, power outages, direct/indirect military involvement and decreased medical imports, researchers estimate that at least 40,000 Venezuelans have lost their lives since President Obama first handed down economic sanctions against the country in 2015 – with the majority of all causalities occurring between the years of 2017 – 2018.
On top of this, the Center for Economic Development concludes that “American sanctions are deliberately aiming to wreck Venezuela’s economy and thereby lead to regime change.” Adding that “We find that these sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, and that these sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory. They are also illegal under international law and treaties which the US has signed.” As such, the group is calling on the United States to cease these sanctions immediately, while asking the international community to do more to step up to the table – before it’s too late.
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