March 26, 2021

In a letter to President Biden and other key policy makers, 55 organizations including the Charity & Security Network called on the administration to address a range of pressing humanitarian concerns in the course of its review of U.S. sanctions policies.

The letter calls on the administration to make the results of the sanctions review public, to issue a Global Temporary General License to exempt humanitarian activities from sanctions, to address the reluctance of financial institutions to facilitate transactions required for the delivery of humanitarian aid, to implement reporting protocols to monitor the impacts and the human costs associated with sanctions, and to indefinitely suspend broad sanctions that target entire populations.

Read the full text of the letter here.

For more recommendations on addressing the impact of U.S. sanctions on humanitarian and peacebuilding efforts, read our report, “Proposals for New Congress and Biden-Harris Administration to Support and Facilitate Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Operations Through Nongovernmental Organizations.”