‘The blockade constitutes a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of Cuban men and women,’ the diplomat said at a press conference.
The official announced that the international rejection of this policy will be evident in tomorrow’s vote on the draft resolution ‘Necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba’, at the 75th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
He recalled that for 28 consecutive years most countries in the world have consistently condemned Washington’s hostility towards Cuba and that in 2019, 187 states voted against said policy.
Garmendia stressed the inhumane nature of the blockade, which, he said, worsened and became more cruel amid the restrictions caused during the last year by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He pointed out that the US government used this policy, and in particular its extraterritorial component, to deliberately deprive the Cuban people of mechanical lung ventilators, masks, diagnostic kits, among other essential supplies to fight the pandemic, despite which the country faces it, successfully develops its own vaccines to fight the disease, and its health professionals help in the fight against the coronavirus in more than 50 countries.
‘The blockade constitutes the most unjust, severe and prolonged system of unilateral coercive measures that has been applied against any country, and continues to represent a brake on the development of all the potentialities of the Cuban economy,’ said the ambassador.