#UN Experts Warn #Blockade against #Cuba Plays with People’s Lives

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By  Prensa Latina

UN Independent Experts on Human Rights warned today that unilateral sanctions such as the US blockade against Cuba play with people’s lives, lack logic and must cease.

The Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on the exercise of human rights, Idriss Jazairy, told Prensa Latina that dialogue and negotiation are the way to resolve differences, not punishments such as the ones the inhabitants of the island have suffered for more than half a century.

Jazairy recalled that the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, began a process aimed at lifting the economic, commercial and financial siege, in line with the advances in bilateral relations with Cuba, but the situation seems to return to the past, with the arrival at the White House of Donald Trump.

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#US #blockade: unilateral coercive measure that damages the human rights of Cuban people

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By CubaVsBloqueo

Cuba, whose people have suffered an economic, commercial and financial blockade for more than 55 years, is well aware of the damages caused by unilateral coercive measures. Those were the opening words of Cuban Representative to the United Nations, Counselor Alejandro Castillo Santana , during his statement at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. The Cuban diplomat also expressed the Cuban opposition to all unilateral coercive measures, including those used as a tool for political and economic pressure against any country, particularly against developing countries.

He reaffirmed that unilateral coercive measures are contrary to international law, to international humanitarian law, to the Charter of the United Nations, and to the norms and principles governing peaceful relations among States; and also hinder economic and social development and create impediments to the full enjoyment of human rights.

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#US #Congressman Highlights Cuban Approach of #Health as Right

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By Prensa Latina

US Democratic Congressman Danny Davis said that Cuba has been able to adopt the concept of health as a right and, at the same time, to bring that principle into practice.

In the midst of the debate in the US, about health care, the representative for Illinois told Prensa Latina that the topic has always interested him, and sees it as a matter of right and not of privilege.

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#Cuba Hosts Meeting of Lat Am Network of People with Disability

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By Prensa Latina

About 200 delegates from Latin America, Spain, Canada and the United States are participating today in the 6th Conference of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS), based for the first time in Cuba.

Under the motto ‘Latin America inclusive in unity, development, peace and hope’, the event is organized by the Association of Cubans with Physical Motor Limitations (ACLIFIM), among other entities.

The event includes in its program the International Congress on Inclusion and Development in Latin America and the Sixth Assembly of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental and Social Organizations.

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#Cuba: Improving employment situation for women and youth

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Yoerky Sánchez Cuellar, vice president of the Commission on Children, Youth and Women’s Equality, speaking during the group’s first discussion prior to the 7th Period of Ordinary Sessions of the 8th Legislature of the , noted the importance of a young workforce and women’s participation in Cuban working life.

She highlighted that, of young people interviewed across five provinces (Granma, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo and Matanzas), although most 15-16 year olds choose to continue their studies, those taking on their first job are unfamiliar with their rights and duties, beyond what is expected of them at their workplace, noting that young people working in the non-state sector are satisfied with the possibility of earning more than they would in the state sector.

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Press Conference offered by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla

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On March 15, the Departments of the Treasury and of Commerce issued new regulations that modify the implementation of some aspects of the US blockade against Cuba.

This is the fourth announcement of this sort made by the Government of the United States since December 17, 2014, when the presidents of both countries made public their decision to re-establish diplomatic relations.

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Do the Cuban people have the right to choose their leaders?

By Arnold August ALAINET 

In the context of developing Cuba-US relations, on March 2, 2016 in Geneva, the Deputy secretary of State of the US State Department, Antony J. Blinken, issued the National Statement at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. In this statement he indicated that Obama during his visit to Cuba in March “will emphasize that the Cuban people are best served by an environment where people are free to choose their political parties and their leaders…”

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