Havana, October 17 – Cuban civil society, regional and international organizations based in the country repeated their demand that the U.S. government lift the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed on the island.
During the Sixth Forum on the issue, held at the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, representatives called on President Barack Obama to end the illegal, unjust and genocidal policy, which constitutes one of the main obstacles to Cuba’s socio-economic development.
They added that the blockade is a systematic violation of human rights and those of Cubans, which limits access to drugs, equipment, technology and modern therapeutic medications to treat diseases.
Mabel Ballester López, President of the Association of Cubans with Physical Motor Limitations, which has over 76,000 members in the country, highlighted the consequences of limited access to wheelchairs, canes, and new technologies, from the U.S. market, which improve the quality of life of disabled people.
Pedro Luis Véliz Martínez, director of the National Council of Scientific Health Societies, stated that in 2013 alone, and so far this year, damages to the sector, reached 66.5 million dollars.
Reverend Raúl Suárez Ramos, member of the National Assembly of People’s Power and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, commented that the aim of the blockade is to force the Cuban people into a desperate state and destroy the country’s social project.
Abelardo Moreno Fernández, vice minister or Foreign Relations, stated to AIN that he is confident that once again the UN General Assembly, meeting October 28, will approve Cuba’s report on the need to end the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed on the country by the United States.
Source: Granma International