Negative effects of the blockade is denounced at the Human Rights Council

SWITZERLAND, September 13 th, 2016.- Within the framework of the 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council, the negative effects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba were denounced and a call was made for its total elimination.

More than 30 developing countries, in addition to the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the African Group and the Arab Group, participated in the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures in the enjoyment of human rights and the Independent Expert for the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.

The statements evidenced the rejection of the application of unilateral coercive measures; and their extraterritorial nature and the negative impact on human rights of the people suffering from such imposition was denounced. While taking the floor in the interactive dialogue, the Ambassadors of Cuba, Venezuela, Namibia and Nicaragua clamored for the end of the US blockade against Cuba.

The Permanent Representative of Cuba in Geneva, Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo, denounced the negative effects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, a unilateral coercive measure that represents a violation of the International Law and a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people, including their right to development.

In her statement, the Cuban diplomat stressed that the lifting of the blockade is a decision to be taken unilaterally and unconditionally by the Government of the United States to advance the process towards the normalization of the bilateral relations between the two countries.

In this way the Human Rights Council joins the clamor of the international community for the elimination of unilateral coercive measures, including the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.

The 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council takes place in Geneva from September 13 to 30, 2016.

 (Cubavsbloqueo)

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