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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly against US Cuba embargo

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN -- once again -- has voted overwhelmingly to demand that the US end its blockade against Cuba. The resolution (the full title of which was the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”) passed Thursday (November 2) by an astounding 187 in favour with only 2 opposed and 1 abstention.

The only countries opposed were the United States itself and Israel. Ukraine abstained.

Representatives of country after country addressed the assembly denouncing the embargo and noting just how isolated the US is on this issue, as with so many others.

Ambassador Luis Ugarelli of Peru, for example, said his country “shares the view of practically the entire international community” that the embargo is against the principles of the UN Charter and international human rights law.

Diego Pary Rodríguez, Bolivia's representative, said that the blockade is "yet another example of the double standards of some states that treat this assembly with ignominy."

Full text of resolution: N2329980.pdf (

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