IMPORTANT VIEWS ABOUT THE BLOCKADE

IMPORTANT VIEWS ABOUT THE BLOCKADE

66th UNGA

DRAFT RESOLUTION “NECESSITY OF ENDING THE ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL BLOCKADE IMPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST CUBA”.

 

  • For the twentieth consecutive occasion, on Tuesday, October 25th, Cuba will submit to the consideration of the UN General Assembly the draft resolution entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.

 

  • Last year, 187 member states voted in favor of this resolution, which is an irrefutable proof that the battle for the lifting of the blockade has the recognition and support of the vast majority of the international community.

 

  • The economic, commercial and financial blockade againstCubaremains in place and is further intensified despite the repeated and almost unanimous demand by the international community, particularly the United Nations General Assembly, for its elimination.

 

  • The measures taken by President Obama on the travel and remittances by Cuban émigrés do not change the complex framework of laws, regulations and provisions of the blockade policy againstCuba. Besides, US citizens are still prohibited from travelling toCuba, save very few exceptions and through very strict regulations.

 

  • As a result of the strict and fierce enforcement of these laws and other normative provisions,Cubacontinues to be unable to: freely export or import goods and services to or from theUnited States, use the US dollar in its international financial transactions, have bank accounts, in US dollars, in banks from third countries.

 

  • The extra-territorial application of the blockade has been extraordinarily reinforced, as proven by the strengthening of the sanctions and persecution against third countries’ citizens, institutions and companies that establish or intend to establish economic, commercial, financial or scientific and technical relations withCuba. Thus, theUSgovernment abrogates the right to decide on matters that are relative to the sovereignty of other States.

 

  • The effects of the blockade’s extraterritorial nature have particularly impacted on the monetary and financial sphere. In fact, the increased persecution ofCuba’s international financial transactions, included those coming from multilateral organizations for the cooperation with the island, has been one of the distinctive features in the implementation of the blockade policy under the currentUSadministration.

 

  • Also,Cubacontinues to be unable to have access to bank credits from banks in theUnited States, their subsidiaries in third countries and from international institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

 

  • No blockade has ever been as far-reaching and brutal against a people as the one being implemented by theUnited Statesagainst the Cuban population for half a century. Due to its cruelty and impact, this policy may be defined as an act of genocide by virtue of item C of Article II of the 1948 Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

 

  • Despite the official rhetoric pretending to convince the international public opinion that the currentUSgovernment has introduced a policy of positive changes,Cubacontinues to be unable to trade with US companies in third countries. Likewise, entrepreneurs from third nations who are interested in investing inCubaare systematically threatened and included on black lists.

 

  • From March 2010 to April 2011, there were significant multi-million fines imposed to US and foreign banking institutions for engaging in operations connected in one way or the other with our country. These kinds of sanctions have a dissuasive effect and, in the case of banks in particular, entail breaking relations withCubaand/or forcing Cuban transactions to be made under more precarious conditions.

 

  •  The leaders of the most radical anti-Cuban groups in control of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs try to revert the flexibility measures on travel and the sending of remittances by citizens of Cuban-origin adopted by the government of President Obama, which would reinstate the policy in this matter to the restrictions imposed by former President Bush.

 

  • The blockade violates the International Law and is against the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. It is a transgression to the right of a sovereign State to peace, development and security and, in its essence and objectives, an act of unilateral aggression and a permanent threat against the stability of a country.

 

  • The blockade is a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of a whole people. It infringes on the constitutional rights of theUSpeople by violating its freedom to travel toCuba. Given its extraterritorial nature, it violates the sovereign rights of many other States.

 

  • The direct economic damage to the Cuban people by the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba until December 2010 based on the current prices and calculated in a very conservative way, amount to over 104 thousand million dollars.

 

  • Taking into consideration the depreciation of the US dollar against the price of gold in the international financial market, which has been extremely high during 2010 and maintained an increasing trend, the damages cost to the Cuban economy would exceed 975 thousand million dollars.

 

  • The blockade continues to be an absurd, illegal and morally unsustained policy that has not succeeded and will never succeed in fulfilling the purpose of breaking the political will of the Cuban people to preserve its sovereignty, independence and right to self-determination. However, it causes shortages and needless suffering to the Cuban population, limits and restrains the development of the country and seriously damages the Cuban economy. It is the main hindrance toCuba’s economic and social development.

 

  • The President of theUnited Stateshas sufficient prerogatives to significantly modify the blockade againstCuba, even without the intervention of Congress.

 

  • The blockade is a unilateral and immoral policy which is rejected both within theUnited Statesand by the international community. The United States must lift it immediately and unconditionally.

 

  • Cuba kindly requests all governments committed to the norms of the multilateral trading system, to the freedom of trade and navigation and to the rejection of the extraterritorial application of a national law, to vote on Tuesday, October 25th, in favor of the draft resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, which demands the lifting of the Blockade.
Presentation of Cuba’s Report on UN General Assembly Resolution 65/6: “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

On US blockade against Cuba

Dear Friends,

Once again Cuba submitted a report on Resolution 65/6 of the United Nations General Assembly
on the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the
United States of America against Cuba”.

This will be voted at the UN General Assembly this month of October.

Kindly pass on the information to the members of your organizations and friends.

Sincerely,
AMISTAD (Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association)

Cuba’s Report on Resolution 65/6 of the United Nations General Assembly

 

“Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.

INTRODUCTION

The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba has been maintained and further tightened despite the growing and categorical demand by the international community —in particular the United Nations General Assembly— for its elimination.

While the current US government has taken some positive steps, they are insufficient and extremely limited in scope. Furthermore, they are not intended to alter the complex structure of laws, regulations and provisions that make up the blockade policy against Cuba.

The Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the Export Administration Act of 1979, the Torricelli Act of 1992, the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, and export administration regulations are all currently in force. These laws are part of the legal framework of a policy defined as an act of genocide by virtue of the Geneva Convention of 1948 on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and as an act of economic warfare as outlined in the Declaration Concerning the Laws of Naval War adopted by the London Naval Conference of 1909.

As a consequence of the rigorous and fierce implementation of those statutes and other regulatory provisions, Cuba continues to be prohibited from freely exporting and importing goods and services to or from the United States, and it cannot use the US dollar in its international financial transactions or hold accounts in that currency in third country banks. Nor is Cuba permitted access to credit from US banks or any of their branch offices in third countries, or from international institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the Inter-American Development Bank.

Despite the official rhetoric intended to persuade international public opinion into believing that the current US government has implemented a policy of positive changes, Cuba remains unable to trade with any subsidiaries of US companies based in third countries; and businesspersons from third countries interested in investing in Cuba are systematically harassed and blacklisted.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the current US administration’s implementation of the blockade has been an upsurge in the persecution of Cuba’s international financial transactions, including those that stem from multilateral organizations that cooperate with Cuba.

Currently, the leaders of the most vicious anti-Cuban groups in control of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs are preparing to deal a new blow as part of their incessant obsession with the island aimed at preventing and hindering the presence in Cuba of foreign companies interested in oil exploration in Cuba’s exclusive economic zone.

One example of how the actions against Cuba recognize no borders or sovereignties is the request made to the US Secretary of State by Florida Senator Bill Nelson. On May 19, Senator Nelson called on the US government to intervene before the Spanish government to force Spanish oil company Repsol to stop oil exploration works it had scheduled to carry out in Cuba. In addition, a top-level political delegation headed by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar went to Madrid to pursue this same objective.

As stated in this report, the direct economic damages caused to the Cuban people by the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade by the United States against Cuba up until December of 2010, at current prices and based on very conservative estimates, amounts to more than 104 billion dollars.

Taking into account the extreme devaluation of the dollar against the price of gold on the international financial market during 2010 and this continual trend, the damages caused to the Cuban economy would exceed 975 billion dollars.

 

 

 


 

US Blockade against Cuba: Increasingly Absurd

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The damages caused to the Cuban economy by the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade were in excess of 975 billion dollars, Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Abelardo Moreno reported Wednesday during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Havana

By: Jorge L. Rodríguez González

Email: jorgeluis@juventudrebelde.cu

2011-09-15 | 13:21:29 EST
The damages caused to the Cuban economy by the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade were in excess of 975 billion dollars, Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Abelardo Moreno reported Wednesday during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Havana.
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U.S. Blockade of Cuba Hits Germany Again

 

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According to Granma newspaper, Rossmann said on its official website that there is no justification whatsoever to apply in Germany regulations ofthe U.S. economic blockade against Cuba.

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17th World Youth Festival delegates oppose blockade of Cuba

AT the Tshwane Events Centre, where the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students is taking place, dozens of participants raised their voices in opposition to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

 

The rejection of blockade and sanction policies against nations struggling to achieve and maintain their independence distinguished the first day of discussions at the event taking place in Pretoria until this coming December 21.

 

Aleida Guevara, daughter of the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, emphasized that Washington is maintaining its economic, commercial and financial state of siege because Cuba decided to continue being free.

 

A Prensa Latina cable reports that Jayantha Welivita, general secretary of the Sri Lanka’s Communist Youth Federation, stated that the sanctions and provocations against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are morally unacceptable and illegal.

 

The delegates also demanded the cessation of Israeli aggressions against Palestine and of Morocco’s harassment of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, while they called for struggle against U.S. imperialism.

 

Yesterday, Tuesday, at the Tshwane Events Centre saw the opening of the Friendship Fair, in which delegates can find articles from the 140 countries represented at the forum, as well as publications, culinary displays, flags and handcrafts. (AIN)

Havana.  December 13, 2010

UN Votes Against Blockade of Cuba, Again

       

 

Escrito por Lourdes chang
martes, 26 de octubre de 2010
26 de octubre de 2010, 13:59United Nations, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations ratified on Tuesday, for the 19th time, the world s opposition to the blockade of Cuba maintained by the United States for more than 50 years and U.S. isolation in implementing that policy.

* Cubans Celebrate New Win over US Blockade

* Latin America vs. Blockade on Cuba

* US Blockade on Cuba Condemned in Ecuador

The isolation of the United States was seen in the General Assembly during the vote on the resolution “The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America Against Cuba.”

The Assembly passed the resolution 187-2 (United States and Israel) with three abstentions (Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau).

Tuesday’s vote reaffirms the principles of sovereign equality among states, nonintervention and noninterference in internal affairs as well as freedom of commerce and international navigation.

 

It also rejects the promotion and implementation of laws and regulations such as the so-called Helms-Burton Act, “whose extraterritorial effects affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities and people under its jurisdiction, and the freedom of commerce and navigation.”

It also notes the 18 resolutions passed by the General Assembly from 1992 to 2009 and the resolutions and agreements passed by various inter-governmental meetings, agencies and governments rejecting the promotion and implementation of this kind of measure.

Lastly, it asks UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to prepare a report on the enforcement of the resolution, to presented at the 66th General Assembly session next year when the blockade issue is discussed again.

According to Cuban authorities, the blockade has cost the Island $751.363 billion, an estimate that is conservative based on the depreciation of the dollar against gold.

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