We view sanctions as one of the key tools of U.S. imperialism. In order to uncover the depth and breadth of U.S. imperialism, we will determine the impact of sanctions on various aspects of life, with a focus on social, political, economic, and ecological issues. We have identified fifteen themes, listed below, and we plan to spend approximately one week on each theme (15 weeks in total).
We will hold hearings on the impact of sanctions on 13 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The opening session of the Tribunal will take place in January 2023 and the closing session will be held in June 2023. Both will be held in person. The remaining sessions will be held online, from winter 2023 to summer 2023.
The nations represented in the Tribunal are Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Nicaragua, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
Targeted sanctions and blockades impact every aspect of life. We have therefore selected 15 themes to cover in the Tribunal, though not all nations will discuss all themes. This will be left to the discretion of experts and witnesses representing each nation. The themes are public health, financial systems, refugees and migration, exports and tourism, education, technology development, infrastructure, agriculture, civil society, development, women empowerment, macroeconomics, manufacturing and industry, environmental impact, and welfare and employment.
During the country hearings, expert witnesses, victims and legal experts will present evidence against the U.S. The countries chosen are not exhaustive of states impacted by U.S. sanctions but are emblematic of the role and function of imperialist sanctions as well as the multiple levels and forms of impact.