#Venezuela Invites #UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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The Venezuelan Government on Monday repeated its invitation to the United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to visit the country.

On its Twitter account, the Foreign Ministry said that with the visit, the official will be able to confirm ‘the broad and historic efforts in favor of guaranteeing and promoting the human rights of Venezuelans.’ The new invitation was made by the Venezuelan ambassador at the UN in Geneva, Jorge Valero, during a meeting with Bachelet.

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The world says “No!” to the #blockade and #Trump’s amendments

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At 12:20pm, in the United Nations General Assembly, the international community once again almost unanimously condemned the U.S. blockade of Cuba, voting 189 in favor of the Cuban resolution, two against (U.S. and Israel), with no abstentions.

#Blockade to #Cuba Isolates #US at #UN

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The international community demonstrated on Wednesday at the UN, for the umpteenth time, its rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for almost six decades.

Representatives from all over the world raised their voices in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly to support a draft resolution, presented by Havana, against this punitive policy.

Latin America and the Caribbean denounced the U.S. strategy, which they considered an obstacle to the development of Cuba.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade violates international law and the UN Charter, and constitutes a violation of Cuba’s right to interact fully with humanity, declared Venezuela’s ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada.

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#Cuba is not alone: Nations of the world highlight the absurdity of the #US #blockade against #Cuba in the #UN

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Once again, the UN General Assembly debated the draft resolution presented by Cuba calling for an end to the U.S. blockade. Despite U.S. attempts to sabotage the annual debate and pressure other nations to vote against Cuba – through the submission of eight ridiculous amendments to the text – this October 31 saw a wealth of nations express their support for Cuba and condemn this criminal, genocidal policy.

The 27th annual vote on the Resolution will take place tomorrow, November 1st.

Granma International offers a summary of some of the main speeches:

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Bruno Rodríguez: “We are certain that the amendments will be rejected”

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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez stated today in a press conference that the United States government, in its desire to create greater tensions and increase hostility, is posing obstacles to the forthcoming vote against the blockade in the UN.

He explained that the U.S. State Department originally presented a document consisting of eight paragraphs of amendments to the draft resolution “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.” However, the text was hastily divided into eight separate amendments that will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly for analysis tomorrow.

All this pursues the obvious aim of creating a pretext to tighten the blockade, and attempt to present the illusion that there is international support for the policy, Rodríguez stressed. The U.S. delegation to the UN seeks to disturb, consume time, create confusion and hinder the adoption of the resolution calling for the end of the blockade against Cuba.

The amendments presented by the United States have the objective of changing the nature of the resolution that opposes the blockade, with emphasis on the extraterritorial application of the policy, he explained. Instead, he said, the United States wants to turn it into a resolution that contains attacks against Cuba in the field of human rights, which are totally unjustified.

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“#Cuba builds its future” despite the #blockade, exhibit at the United Nations

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By Cubavsbloqueo-Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

The Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations, inaugurated on October 23 the exhibit “Cuba builds its future,” which shows the work of Cubans and the achievements of the Revolution, despite the criminal economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States against the island, a vile policy of the US government that flagrantly violates the human rights of the Cuban people.

The exhibit, composed of infographics describing validated data of Cuban achievements in health care, education, social inclusion of women, among others, shows the battle of the island against all types of discrimination, the process of constitutional reform as a full exercise of democracy, as well as the Cuban international cooperation policy.

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Cuban Foreign Minister denounces #US maneuver to undermine international support for an end to the #blockade

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“It is regrettable that the US government advance in a course of confrontation against our country. Our response will be the firmness of principles, the intransigence in the defense of national sovereignty, as in these 60 years of Revolution.”

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Yesterday afternoon, the United States permanent mission at the UN began circulating eight amendments to the Cuban resolution calling for an end to the blockade, reported Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla during a press conference at the ministry in Havana.

He reported that the amendments basically address aspects related to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and the human rights issue, a subject that the U.S. government attempts to use to discredit Cuba – unsuccessfully.

What is most interesting, Rodríguez said, is not the content of the proposed amendments, but rather the fact that the document was circulated surreptitiously by the U.S. State Department, signed by deputy assistant secretary Gonzalo Gallegos, in an effort to dissuade UN member countries from voting in favor of the Cuban resolution calling for an end to the blockade, which will be considered in the General Assembly this coming October 31.

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