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Human Rigths Council: Cuba denounces undeniable impact of the blockade imposed by the US government against Cuba

SWITZERLAND, September 16 th, 2016.- Statement by the Permanent Representative of Cuba, Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, in the General Debate on Agenda Item 3 entitled "Promotion and protection of all human, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development" at the 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council.

Mr. President:

We appreciate the presentation of the reports on this subject, in particular those related to the right to development whose Declaration will arrive to its 30th anniversary in 2016.

However, the millions of people who are poor, illiterate, who do not have access to basic health services, still existing worldwide, demonstrate that much remains to advance on the path to make that important right a reality.

There are various obstacles that undermine this common goal. The persistence of an undemocratic and inequitable international order, together with the prevailing selfishness and concentration of wealth, has a negative influence. There are also wars, aggressions, threats to peace and the imposition of unilateral coercive measures such as the blockade the US government maintains against Cuba, with an undeniable impact on all areas of the country. Despite the effects of the blockade, whose accumulated damage is equivalent to 753 thousand 688 million dollars, considering the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold in the international market, Cuba has achieved important results in respect and guarantee of the rights not only of its population but also of many other nations through major cooperation programs based on solidarity.

Mr. President:

It is required a true will of all to advance the realization of the right to development. The developed countries should fulfill their commitments on the Official Development Assistance. More access and technology transfer, contributing to national efforts, without impositions or unique visions is needed. It is urgent to step up the international cooperation. Cuba is a clear example that cooperation with many others is possible even with few resources available.

Mr. President:

We wish to congratulate Ambassador Zamir Akram for the seriousness, professionalism and energy with which he has led the two most recent sessions of the Working Group on the Right to Development. While there has been progress at a better rate, we regret that some countries still downplay this right and hinder the fulfillment of the mandate of the Working Group.

Cuba confirms its commitment to the work of the Group and its current Chairperson - Rapporteur. We will continue to contribute actively in its sessions, convinced that a better world is possible, a world where there is no poverty or illiteracy, where there are no starving millions of people and in which health services are guaranteed; in short, a world in which everyone can reach a dignified life.

Thank you.

(Cubavsbloqueo-EmbaCuba Ginebra)