#Cuba denounces the #US #blockade as a system of violation of the human #rights of the Cuban #people

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“Down with the imperialist blockade against Cuba”

By Cubaminrex-Permanent Mission of Cuba to the UN

In her statement at the Segment on Sustainable Development of the Second Committee of the United Nations, Biana Leyva Regueira, Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the UN, called for the end of the genocidal US blockade against the island, which prevents Cubans from developing at full capacity. It is the main obstacle to the development of the island; constituting a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people.

The diplomat, who urged the UN to give greater priority to the eradication of poverty, showed that the global progress of development indicators, 18 years after the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and three after the Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs), is insufficient and unequal. She added that the gap between the North and the South and the polarization of wealth are increasing, along with the proliferation of unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, and the waste of large sums of financial resources for weapons and speculative purposes.

The Cuban  representative stressed that sustainable development continues to urgently demand concrete actions and greater common efforts based on a just and equitable world order, inclusive and coherent policies, a revitalized global alliance, an effective mobilization of financial resources, as well as the promotion of capacity development, including statistical capabilities and the transfer of technologies to developing countries. She pointed out that developed countries must comply with their historic commitments and responsibilities.

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#Cuba’s Civil Society to Ratify Condemnation of #US Economic #Blockade

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The accumulated damages due to the blockade for the almost six decades of its application total $ 933,678,000,000 taking into account the depreciation of the dollar in terms of the price of gold on the international market. At current prices, the blockade has caused damages that can be calculated at over $ 134,499,800,000.

By Prensa Latina

Representatives of more than 130 Cuban organizations are participating on Friday in the 15th Civil Society Forum, a space where they will ratify the condemnation to the U.S.-imposed economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Caribbean nation.

The meeting is an opportunity to demand the total elimination of this qualified action of economic warfare, in accordance with the provisions of the Declaration concerning the Laws of Naval War, adopted by the London Naval Conference in 1909, several participants stated.

Washington intends to surrender by hunger the Cuban people with this strategy, the president of the Cuban United Nations Association, Fermin Quiñones, stressed in a news conference.

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Nobel Prize Perez Esquivel Sends Letter to #UN Criticizing #US #Blockade

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By CubaVsBloqueo

”As long as the United States continues attacking the Cuban people as if the Cold War continued, it will be attacking the right of all peoples to peace, sovereignty and development,” Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel stressed in Buenos Aires.

In a letter sent to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to which Prensa Latina had access, the prominent Argentine human right activist described this genocidal policy imposed almost 60 years ago on the island as ‘a war against a country that seeks peace.’

Some few days before the UN votes on the draft resolution against the need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island, the Nobel Peace Prize winner stressed that despite the restoration of relations between the two countries, the U.S. financial persecution to Cuban transactions abroad remains in force.

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#Cuba -Duties, rights, and guarantees at the heart of the #Constitution

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The draft Constitution clarifies that all people are equal before the law, are subject to equal duties, and receive the same protection. Photo: Eduardo Palomares

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The holding of more than 80,000 popular consultation meetings on the draft Constitution to date, with the participation of more than a million Cubans within and outside the country, reveals the widespread interest in its content, and the confidence that all views will be considered and contribute to the final text.

Such categorical support for this democratic and sovereign exercise supports the essential definition offered by the First Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, during the central act to mark the 65th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons: “The Constitution of the Republic is the fundamental law on which the state is based, and thus is the most important legal and political document of any country, since it defines the foundations of the nation, the structure of powers and their scope, as well as guaranteeing the rights and duties of citizens.”

This last aspect, outlined in “Title IV: Duties, rights and guarantees” of the draft text, is among those which have raised the highest expectations, as Doctor of Juridical Science, Martha Loyda Zaldívar Abad, told Granma International. She noted that this was because at the heart of constitutional texts are the duties, rights and guarantees outlined within them.

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Cuban Mother with Sick Child Calls #US #Blockade Criminal

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By Prensa Latina

The U.S. economic blockade against Cuba is criminal because it hinders access to life-saving medicines and resources, denounced Mayelin Jimenez, mother of an eight-year-old boy with cancer.

n an interview with Prensa Latina, she stated that the current blockade for almost six decades has forced the island to seek drugs, reagents and equipment necessary for the care of human beings affected by diseases in third countries and by other means.

A year and four months ago I found myself at the Institute of Oncology and Radiology in Havana with my child, where I have seen how he is guaranteed the medicines that his treatment takes, all this despite the criminal blockade, she insisted.

For Jimenez, it is incomprehensible and unfair that the United States sanctions a democratic country recognized for its commitment to the health of the population.

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#US Lawmakers Wish Better Ties with #Cuba and End to #Blockade

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By Prensa Latina

The US lawmakers who met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel noted the need for the Washington-imposed blockade to be lifted and the importance of boosting cooperation between the two countries.

I wish the United States had full relations with Cuba, there is no reason to have a blockade that we know that it failed, said the Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass, one of the participants in the meeting at Cuba’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations.

We think that there has to be broad exchange, either in medicine or in other areas, noted the lawmaker from California, who also condemned the travel restriction that prevent US citizens from visiting Cuba as tourists. She referred to the situation in the US Embassy in Havana, where visa procedures were suspended after the Department of State withdrew most of its staff nearly a year ago, claiming health incidents reported by diplomats.

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The #blockade against #Cuba in facts and figures

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Granma provides a summary of the latest calculated damages to Cuba caused by the U.S. blockade policy. Cuba will present its annual report on the blockade damages to the UN General Assembly this October.

THE U.S. ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA IS:

– The most unfair, severe and prolonged system of unilateral sanctions that has been applied against any country.

– The main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy and the Cuban people’s full enjoyment of all human rights.

– A serious challenge for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

– An unjust, illegal, extraterritorial measure that violates international law.

GENERAL FIGURES:

– The accumulated damages caused by the implementation of the blockade throughout almost six decades have reached the figure of 933,678,000,000 dollars

– At current prices, the blockade has caused quantifiable damages of more than 134,499,800,000 dollars

– From April 2017 to March 2018, the blockade has been tightened and is being strictly applied. In this period it has caused damages in the order of 4,321,200,000 dollars

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