Amid a worldwide outcry against the United Statesí illegal and unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran, a popular campaign has been launched to pressure Washington into temporarily lifting the sanctions that are obstructing the Iranian peopleís efforts to curtail the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The ‘80 hours for 80 million campaigní has been launched on the New/Mode advocacy platform to promote this cause.
The participants are required to enter their phone numbers on the campaignís webpage which will then put them through to the US Treasury Departmentís Office of Foreign Assets Control so they can demand that OFAC enable the temporary sanctions relief.
"Weíre making 80 hours of calls to OFAC on behalf of 80 million people," reads the campaignís manifesto.
The United States reinstated its sanctions against Iran in May 2018 after leaving a United Nations-endorsed nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic and five other countries.
Tehran sued Washington at the International Court of Justice afterwards. The tribunal ruled that the US should lift its sanctions on humanitarian supplies.
Washington claims that it has exempted foodstuffs and medicine from the bans, something that Tehran entirely disputes.
The Islamic Republic has written to the United Nations and all international organizations, urging the removal of the vehicles of "economic terrorism" that have come in the way of its fight against the outbreak.
The organizers of the popular campaign have warned about the consequences that the Iranian nation has come to face as a result of the "deadly sanctions" amid its battle against the new virus that has already claimed the lives of more than 1,900 Iranians.
"Researchers predict that if sanctions arenít lifted, at least 3.5 million Iranian lives will be lost to COVID-19," the campaign statement reads, using the name given to the new coronavirus.
"Iranians canít buy or make necessary supplies - such as paper for masks - if the US doesnít lift sanctions," says the manifesto, and cautions, "Thatís 80 million. 80 million Iranians facing tragic consequences if US sanctions arenít lifted."
The organizers have also pointed out that the US slapped even more sanctions on Iran right after the viral outbreak as part of its "maximum pressure" policy against the Iranian nation.
The move, they note, came while China and the United Kingdom were calling for Washington to ease up the economic measures amid the global crisis.
"Join us in fighting to #EndCOVIDSanctions and give Iranians what experts say is critical to stopping COVID-19: 120 days of sanctions relief or face catastrophic loss of life," the statement says.
According to the World Health Organization, since emerging in central China late last year, the respiratory disease has claimed more than 18,900 lives and infected more than 422,800 others.
SOURCE: PRESS TV