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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

NY City Council condemns US Cuban embargo and travel ban


Sign from an anti-blockade protest in Minneapolis, March 2021


On June 22 the New York City City Council voted unanimously to call for an end to the US blockade against Cuba.


Resolution 285-A, sponsored by Council Member Charles Barron, calls "upon the United States Congress and President to end the Cuban embargo and Cuban travel ban and to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list due to the unjust harm it causes to the Cuban people."


“It is critically important that the New York City Council joins with other City Councils, National and Local Organizations across this country in calling upon the United States President and Congress to end the cruel and inhumane Cuban economic embargo, travel ban and the insidious placement of Cuba on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism,” said Council Member Charles Barron. “It is time that our legislative body join with 185 countries from around the world who yearly at the United Nations General Assembly condemn the United States’ actions as violations of international human rights.”


In November, 2022 the United Nations General Assembly voted for the 30th year in a row the to call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo, imposed by the USA against Cuba.


The vote was a staggering 185 in favour with only the United States and Israel voting against. There were 2 abstentions, Ukraine and Brazil.

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