UN envoy said US and EU sanctions on Venezuela were worsening a humanitarian crisis and recommended that the United States relax the measures.
Alena Douhan, a UN special rapporteur focusing on sanctions, recommended in a preliminary report that the sanctions be lifted, and the Venezuelan government be granted access to funds frozen in the US, United Kingdom and Portugal.
“Unilateral sanctions increasingly imposed by the United States, the European Union and other countries have exacerbated the abovementioned calamities,” Douhan told reporters.
Maduro’s government blames the sanctions for Venezuela’s economic woes. Once a prosperous OPEC nation, the economic decline started in 2014 before the imposition of economic sanctions with the downturn in oil prices and that mismanagement and corruption also contributed.
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