The blockade is
violation of the human rights of an
• Economic losses through
April 2013 amount to
$1.16 trillion, considering the depreciation of this
in relation to the gold standard
THE U.S. blockade of Cuba, which has
continued for more than 50 years, constitutes "the
greatest violation of the human rights of an entire
people," and has caused economic losses in excess of
one trillion dollars, stated Cuban Deputy Foreign
Minister Abelardo Moreno.
Moreno officially presented the
document "The necessity of ending the economic,
commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by
the United States of America, to be submitted to the
UN General Assembly on October 29, which contains a
summary of the principal damages inflicted by this
policy on the country’s society and economy.
The document was presented at
Havana’s William Soler Pediatric Cardiology Center,
an institution affected by limitations in terms of
acquiring medicaments, reagents, spare parts for
diagnostic equipment, among other implements needed
to save the lives of thousands of children.
In addition to the public health
sector, the Deputy Foreign Minister mentioned
concrete examples of how the blockade is affecting
university education, sports and foreign trade.
In spite of the fact that President
Barack Obama promised a new beginning in relations
with Cuba, five years later the blockade remains
intact and has been intensified in some areas, such
as in the financial sphere, Moreno noted.
Between January 2009 and September
9, 2013, U.S. authorities have obliged 30 U.S. and
foreign entities to pay more than $2.446 billion for
trading with Cuba and other sanctioned countries.
The Cuban minister emphasized the
massive international opposition to this U.S.
genocidal policy, which was directly rejected by 47
countries during the high-level segment of the 68th
Session of the UN General Assembly.
On October 29, solid support is
expected from the overwhelming majority of states
represented in this forum, as has been the case for
the past 20 years. Last year, 188 countries voted in
favor of an end to this policy against the Cuban