International Community Supports Lifting of US Blockade against Cuba

bloqueo2Havana, Oct 15 – The next vote at the United Nations of a project demanding the US to lift the blockade that has kept for more than half a century against Cuba, is preceded by numerous expressions of support of the international community.

Presidential summits, United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the UN General Assembly have been one of the places where the world’s public opinion has condemned the blockade to the island.

The 21st Summit of the African Union, held last May in Addis Abeba demanded the lifting of the commercial, financial and economic blockade against Cuba.

Organizations like Europe-Third World Centre, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the American Association of Jurists also issued a joint declaration condemning the blockade.

Earlier this year, during the presentation of Cuba in the universal periodic review mechanism of the Human Rights Council, 22 delegations criticized the blockade and considered it an obstacle to the realization of human rights in the Caribbean nation.

The Fifth Summit of Heads of State and/or Government of the Association of Caribbean States, held in Haiti, demanded to end the isolation of one of its member states.

Meanwhile the First Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC ) meeting in Chile earlier this year, issued a special statement condemning the policy of siege to the island.

On paragraph 6 of the Declaration of Santiago , issued by the first summit CELAC – EU rejects the unilateral coercive measures, that go against international rights and the extraterritorial provisions of Washington against states, entities and individuals related to Havana.

That project became a resolution last year, with 188 countries in favor. Only The United States, Israel and Palau declared themselves against it, while Micronesia and Marshall Islands abstained.

The Group of 77 and China, the Non-Aligned Movement, the CELAC, the Caribbean Community, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the African Group and MERCOSUR, along with other 17 delegations declared themselves to be in favor of the resolution presented by Cuba.

Source: Prensa Latina

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