During his participation in the international conference Unilateral coercive measures: disrespect for international law and serious human consequences, Professor of Procedural Law at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Carmelo Borrego, assured that these tools used by the United State Government and its allies are extortion measures because they are not authorized by International Law, “and they are essentially unlawful”.
Based on data on the behavior of unilateral coercive measures applied to Venezuela, the Venezuelan professor highlighted that they “have shown a growing trend towards their intensive use” and “are they are committed by powerful states, and worse, by international organizations to impose on another State a certain way of acting”.
He reiterated that these are extortionary measures and are, in addition, international illicit that can be configured as criminal actions. “Any internationally unlawful act of the State generates international responsibility. Therefore, an extortion measure is an illegal act” and translates into the “transgression of an international norm; it is equal to a harmful and punishable effect”, he stated.
“The detail is that the illicit acts of the States cannot be found within an interpretative basis in the description of international norms, which makes it difficult to reveal the identity between the illicit event and the actual damage to the so-called imperative norms”, explained the professor of the UCV.
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He said that the impact of the extortion measures imposed on Venezuela has been devastating on the country’s economy and income since its application, considerably reducing them due to the financial blockade of which the South American nation is a victim.
“An attack on the financial system of a country is used to cause an economic collapse and, consequently, a significant number of victims would receive the perverse effects of that action. They are anti-normative acts with a confusing discursive action”, said Professor Borrego in his presentation at the forum, headed by the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza.
The academic conference Unilateral Coercive Measures: Disrespect for International Law and serious human consequences will run until this Thursday, June 10, with the joint organization between the Venezuelan Government and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.