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US Blockade against Cuba qualifies as an act of genocide

BELGIUM, April 4, 2014. During March 31, April 1st, Belgium headquartered a Conference on the Prevention of Genocide, sponsored by this country’s government to remember the 20 anniversary of Rwanda’s genocide. Cuban was represented by Ambassador Mirtha Hormilla Castro and first secretary at Cuban embassy, Alejandro Fuentes Febles.

Secretary General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon attended the event as well as 22 ministers of Foreign Affairs, especially from Africa and Europe, judicial experts, academics and representatives from the civil society.

Cuba is a State part of the Convention for the Prevention and Sanction of the Crime of Genocide since 1953, as is compromised with the prevention genocide under the principle that events like the one in Rwanda as consequence of hate and intolerance, should not repeat again.

Likewise, Cuba considers the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than half a century as an act of genocide by virtue of article II c) of the above mentioned convention. This is demonstrated by United States Government unclassified document dated April 6, 1960 and written by Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Lester Dewitt Mallory discussed during a meeting with the presence of the President of the United States, which stated the following: “The majority of Cubans support Castro. There is no effective opposition. The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support [from the government] is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. (…) all possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba (…) denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.” This is an unequivocal example that the blockade is a system of unilateral sanctions with a genocide character against a large group of people, in this case the Cuban people, aiming at dominating it to achieve its total or partial destruction.