• Michael Laxer

UN votes overwhelmingly to demand an end to the embargo against Cuba

The vote was a staggering 184 in favour with only the United States and Israel voting against. There were 3 abstentions.

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For the 29th year in a row the United Nations overwhelmingly voted to call for the "ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo, imposed by the USA against Cuba".


The vote was a staggering 184 in favour with only the United States and Israel voting against. There were 3 abstentions.


The vote takes on a greater significance at the moment as, despite his claims that he would change course during the election, Joe Biden has continued with Trump's intensified illegal measures and has yet to reverse Trump's designation of Cuba as a "state sponsor of terrorism".


In fact, on Tuesday May 25 the administration decided to maintain a Trump-era determination that Cuba is not fully cooperating in the fight against terrorism:


As Isaac Saney, Co-Chair and National Spokesperson of the Canadian Network on Cuba said in a June 21 letter to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs:

U.S. economic sanctions - an economic blockade - constitute the principal obstacle to Cuba’s social and economic development; the cost to the heroic island-nation has been and is immense: more than $100 billion.
Under U.S. President Donald Trump, the economic war against Cuba reached unprecedented levels with more than 240 distinct and vindictive measures targeted against the island nation. The administration of President Joseph Biden has continued this unrelenting economic war against Cuba.
Most cynically, in this time of pandemic, the U.S. economic war has made it extremely difficult for Cuba to obtain medical equipment and other necessary items required to protect and preserve the health of the people of Cuba.

(See the full letter below)


There is a parliamentary petition sponsored by NDP MP NIKI Ashton calling on the Canadian government to robustly oppose US sanctions on Cuba that you can sign here.








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