Once again the UN condemns the blockade against Cuba

Nuevamente la ONU condena el bloqueo contra Cuba

HAVANA, Nov 3  The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), for three continuous decades, once again condemned the blockade of more than six decades against the long-suffering Cuba.Due to the absurd right of veto, the United States will also once again mock the overwhelming majority decision of the UN member countries. However, humanity exposes the empire in its crimes against humanity.

The UN Communiqué reports that the General Assembly rejected the blockade of Cuba for the thirty-first time, and points out that this resolution once again calls for the end of the economic blockade that the United States has imposed on the Caribbean country since 1962.

The UN’s highest debating body has refuted this violation of the UN Charter every year since 1992.

Yesterday’s resolution obtained 187 votes in favor (two more than the previous one), two against and one abstention, Ukraine, which is not necessary to explain, and reiterates that this Thursday for the thirty-first time unequivocally, the position against The United States’ economic blockade of Cuba is firm and called for an end to this unilateral punishment.

The adopted text reaffirms, among other principles, “the sovereign equality of States, non-intervention and non-interference in their internal affairs and the freedom of international trade and navigation, enshrined in numerous international legal instruments.”

Calls on all States to refrain from enacting and applying laws and measures that contravene them, and urges the repeal of such measures from those who still impose them.

Likewise, it expresses concern about regulatory provisions, such as the one enacted by the United States on March 12, 1996, known as the Helms-Burton Act, “whose extraterritorial effects affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities or persons under its jurisdiction and freedom of commerce and navigation.

Explaining their vote, one after another, the multiple speakers at the session insisted, in their national capacity and as representatives of blocs of countries, on the illegal nature of the blockade, stating that it constitutes a flagrant and systematic violation of the Charter of the United Nations. , and demanding its lifting.

The delegates highlighted the unjustified damage that the blockade inflicts on the Cuban people by depriving them of indispensable income and supplies as essential as medicines.

Likewise, they praised in unison Cuba’s response to COVID-19 – which included the development of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus – and its solidarity with other countries during the health emergency despite their limited resources.

Resolution A/77/L.5 today joins the 30 that have been adopted since 1992, when the General Assembly began voting annually on the issue, with the sole exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his speech prior to the vote, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, stated that the blockade is “a deliberate act of economic war with the purpose of preventing financial income to the country, destroying the government’s ability to address the needs of the population, collapsing the economy and creating a situation of ungovernability.

He said it: With the absurd right of veto, the United States mocks the overwhelming majority decision of the member countries, however, humanity exposes the empire in its crimes against humanity.