A\u0026nbsp;global coalition\u0026nbsp;fighting for a more egalitarian, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable society on Wednesday demanded that newly sworn-in U.S. President Joe Biden put an end to unilateral, illegal, and deadly economic sanctions on the first day of his presidency.In a statement issued ahead of the inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C., Progressive International called on the Biden administration to \u0022take urgent action to restore the right of all countries to have sovereign relations with the world, untrammeled by U.S. interference through their sanctions policy, which is in violation of all norms of international law.\u0022Today marks the inauguration of @JoeBiden to the presidency of the United States.The Progressive International demands that the Biden administration cease unilateral and illegal US sanctions on Day 1 of his presidency. https://t.co/ijI5Pnz1ow— Progressive International (@ProgIntl) January 20, 2021\u0022U.S.-backed economic sanctions impact nearly one-third of humanity in some 30 countries, causing untold death and devastation by denying them access to global markets, restricting the ability to generate wealth, stabilize currency, and provide basic human essentials for their people,\u0022 Progressive International explained. \u0022For the past several decades, the U.S. has used its considerable institutional power (over finance and diplomacy) to strangle countries who don\u0026#039;t fall in line with its global political and economic agenda.\u0022Cuba is \u0022the most dramatic case,\u0022 the coalition continued, pointing out that the small island nation has endured for six decades a \u0022blockade that the United Nations General Assembly votes annually to dismantle.\u0022 In addition, unilateral sanctions against Iran and Venezuela \u0022have destabilized these countries and have led to a deterioration of health, education, nutrition, and the overall quality of life in both countries.\u0022Rather than lifting or weakening the punitive measures in 2020\u0026nbsp;given the challenging circumstances accompanying the global coronavirus pandemic,\u0026nbsp;\u0022the U.S. has tightened its sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, hitting these countries hard with a full spectrum attack on their medical institutions and their welfare institutions,\u0022 the coalition noted.The demand for Biden to lift U.S. sanctions comes one day after Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) urged Treasury Secretary-designate Janet Yellen to use sanctions even more aggressively than the Trump administration did, calling them an \u0022economic tool\u0022 without acknowledging how they create misery and suffering for ordinary people living in countries on the receiving end.Trump starving millions of people, depriving them of medicine and food and a future, isn\u0026#039;t enough for this Democrat. How sadistic https://t.co/XUtPh8cvlz— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) January 19, 2021Although their pleas were ignored, several world leaders in 2020 advocated for terminating warfare of all kinds, including the \u0022economic warfare\u0022 exemplified by sanctions policy.\u0026nbsp;U.N. Secretary-General\u0026nbsp;António\u0026nbsp;Guterres said last March that Covid-19 exposed the \u0022folly of war\u0022 and called for a global ceasefire, as Common Dreams reported at the time.In addition, as Progressive International noted, a number of U.N. special rapporteurs and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also urged the U.S. to bring its illegal sanctions to an end in 2020.\u0022At\u0026nbsp;this crucial time, both for global public health reasons, and to support the rights and lives of millions of people in these countries, sectoral sanctions should be eased or suspended,\u0022 Bachelet said last March. \u0022In a context of global pandemic, impeding medical efforts in one country heightens the risk for all of us.\u0022Progressive International also cited Prime Minister Moses\u0026nbsp;Nagamootoo of Guyana, who said the following last April:\u0026nbsp;The Group of 77 and China considers that at this juncture, the enactment and application of unilateral coercive economic measures will have a negative impact on the capacity of states to respond efficiently, specifically in the acquisition of medical equipment and supplies to adequately treat their populations in the face of this pandemic. Ultimately, these measures also affect the essential cooperation and solidarity that should prevail among nations. We therefore call upon the international community to adopt urgent and effective measures to eliminate the use of unilateral coercive economic measures against developing countries.Instead of repeating former President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s refusal to lift U.S. sanctions even amid a devastating pandemic that has killed more than two million people globally,\u0026nbsp;Progressive International\u0026nbsp;is urging Biden \u0022to heed these calls\u0022 from around the world, recognize the lethal effects of economic sanctions, and stop imposing them unilaterally in violation of international law.