United Nations, Oct 17 - Cuba rejected at the UN the expansion of unilateral coercive measures in the midst of the health crisis generated by Covid-19 and denounced the intensification of the United States economic blockade against the island in this context.
The first secretary of the Cuban mission to the United Nations, Alejandro González Behmaras, presented these problems in a virtual interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative repercussions of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan.
The frequency, type, purpose and scope of these coercive measures have expanded considerably, as the pandemic reveals its impact, in the short and long term, on all human rights, he said.
As he highlighted, in the midst of the difficult conditions of the health crisis, the US government is reinforcing the blockade, a punishment policy contrary to international law and which is nothing more than a crime, by systematically violating the human rights of Cubans and Cubans. Cubans.
That siege is the main obstacle to Cuba's development, he stressed, only from April 2018 to March 2019, it has caused losses to the country in the order of 4,343.6 million dollars.
Washington also imposed even greater obstacles to the arrival of fuel to the largest of the Antilles, in order to interrupt power generation and affect basic services to the population, he added.
Also, González Behmaras continued, the blockade makes it difficult to acquire medicines, supplies and essential medical equipment to attend to the health of the Cuban people, including those necessary against Covid-19.
The purpose of the blockade is to surrender the Cuban people, and make them renounce the path they have chosen in the exercise of their self-determination. However, the United States will fail, as it has for six decades, in its claims against Cuba.
In this regard, the Cuban diplomat urged the United Nations special rapporteur, Alena Douhan, to continue evaluating the impact of unilateral coercive measures on the capacities of the affected countries to face and recover from the pandemic, as well as its impact on the human rights, including the right to development and self-determination. (Text and photo: PL)