Select Committee on International Development Second Report


142. The current debate on the future of sanctions is a welcome product of the renewed international commitment to the political, economic and social rights of the poor. We are convinced that these rights are infringed by the blunt instrument of comprehensive economic sanctions. To target sanctions against those truly responsible, to gather the necessary intelligence and invest in the required technology, require an internationally coordinated investment of both money and effort. The United Kingdom must take a lead by putting in place a system which can target and monitor sanctions effectively, instead of the present, somewhat casual approach. As importantly, the United Nations should convene an international conference to ensure a global commitment to a fairer and more effective sanctions policy.

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