It also stressed that the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by Washington violates the UN Charter, which enshrines the sovereignty of countries, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and agreements of the World Trade Organization, among other norms.
After hearing the arguments of the Prosecutor’s Office and the testimony of witnesses on the human and economic damage caused by the blockade, the court recalled that the United States has applied this unilateral system of coercive measures for more than 60 years, affecting the living conditions of an entire country, its development and the performance of the various sectors of society.
Likewise, the decision of the judges reflects the extraterritorial scope of the blockade, a component contrary to International Law, the unjustifiable nature of the blockade and its intensification with the inclusion of the island in the list of ‘alleged sponsors of terrorism’.
The opinion read by the judges, headed by the German jurist Norman Peach, also pointed out that the blockade violated the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966.
The international court urged the United States to end the blockade against Cuba and to compensate affected companies and citizens.