Sanctions on Venezuela undermine social projects

Caracas, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The tightening of coercive measures by the United States undermines the Venezuelan Government’s possibility to carry out social projects, UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan said.

According to a preliminary report, Venezuela has launched social care programs for housing, education, food, and among other sectors, at no cost to its people, since 2000.

However, the recently-implemented sanctions have worsened the domestic economic crisis since 2014, due to the sudden oil price fall, according to the report issued at the end of Douhan’s official visit to Venezuela.

As a result of Washington’s economic blockade, Venezuela’s foreign currency earnings dropped by 99 percent, worsening the deficit of machinery and spare parts for productive development, in addition to negatively impacting on health, food and service sectors.

The report also stated that the obstacles to food imports has caused malnutrition in the last six years, as well as increased food insecurity.

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