Haemophiliac Iranian boy 'dies after sanctions disrupt medicine supplies'Submitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 13:25
A teenage Iranian boy suffering from haemophilia has died due to a shortage of medicine in the country.
It is the first civilian death said to be directly linked to the impact that western economic sanctions are having on the Islamic republic.
Manouchehr Esmaili-Liousi was a 15-year-old from a nomadic tribe based in the mountains near the city of Dezful, in Iran's south-western province of Khuzestan.
He died in hospital after his family failed to find the vital medicine he desperately needed for his disease, Iran's state news agencies reported on Wednesday.
The news was announced by Ahmad Ghavidel, the director of Iran's haemophilia society.
He blamed Esmaili-Liousi's death on the US and EU for their punitive measures against Tehran, which are also hitting imports of medicine and hospital equipment.
Although sanctions are not directly targeting Iranian pharmacies and medical sectors, measures imposed on Iranian banks and trade restrictions have made life extremely difficult for patients across the country, who are facing difficulties in finding medicines made outside Iran.
"This is against human rights … Even in wars, women and children and patients are protected by some impunity based on international treaties,"