Cuban Foreign Ministry rejects defamatory campaign to justify the blockade

Cuban Foreign Ministry rejects defamatory campaign to justify the blockade

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba rejects in the strongest way the defamatory campaign against Cuba on human rights, launched on October 16, by the United States government at the headquarters of the United Nations.

As already warned, this action is part of the sequence of declarations against our country made in recent weeks by high-level officials of the United States government, which show growing hostility towards Cuba and the Cuban Revolution.

It is striking that it takes place only two weeks before the vote by the UN General Assembly on the draft resolution entitled "Need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba"

This type of action pursues the objective of making pretexts to maintain and intensify the blockade, which constitutes a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of Cuban women and men.

The government of the United States has no moral authority whatsoever to criticize Cuba.

Instead of worrying about the alleged "political prisoners" who, they claim, would exist in Cuba, they should do so for the violations of human rights that take place in their own territory. In our country there are no political prisoners since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.

A country whose electoral system is corrupt by nature and has a government of millionaires, destined to apply savage measures against low-income families, the poor, minorities and immigrants, cannot speak of human rights and democracy. A country in which, in electoral campaigns and political processes, where no ethical limits, hate, division, selfishness, slander, racism, xenophobia and lies are promoted. In which money and corporate interests are what define who will be elected.

In the United States, the right to vote is denied to hundreds of thousands of Americans because they are poor. In nine states, those who have legal bills or judicial fines to pay cannot vote. In Alabama, more than 100,000 people with debts were removed from the voters lists in 2017.

The media are the preserve of corporate elites. An extremely small group of corporations controls the content that the public consumes, while any version or discrepant opinion is annulled or marginalized.

It is a shame that in the richest country in the world about 40 million people live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty and 5.3 million in conditions of absolute poverty. The life of the "homeless" is miserable. In 2016, 553 742 people spent their nights outdoors in the United States.

The design and application of policies has been hijacked by the so-called "special interests", that is, corporate money. The lack of education, health and social security guarantees, restrictions on unionization and terrible gender discrimination are everyday practices.

American women are clearly discriminated against in the workplace and continue to receive lower wages than men for doing the same jobs. The poverty, health and safety problems of children are worrisome. People with disabilities suffer violent abuse. Sexual harassment and widespread rapes motivate multiple complaints and protests. The murders of LGTBI people increased during 2017, in a context of continued discrimination against this group in state and federal legislation.

In the United States, the average wealth of white families is seven times higher than the average wealth of black families. More than one in four black households had a net worth of zero or negative. The unemployment rate of blacks is almost double that of whites.

The government of the United States should answer for the 987 people who died during 2017 at the hands of law enforcement agents using firearms. According to these data, African-American people, who make up 13% of the population, accounted for almost 23% of the victims.

Hate crimes based on race reached a record in recent years and only in 2016, a total of 6,121 hate crimes occurred in the United States.

Violent crimes have been increasing. The government of that country, at the service of the arms lobby, does not exercise effective control over them, which caused a continuous increase in homicides, even among adolescents.

The United States should put an end to the separation of migrant families, and to the imprisonment of hundreds of children, even in cages, separating them from their parents.

While the United States turns its back on the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, Cuba maintains a high level of activity and cooperation, which has earned it respect in the relevant organs of the Organization and among the member states.

The United States, which was the promoter and support of the bloody military dictatorships in our region, with the complicity of the OAS, has declared the validity and applicability of the Monroe Doctrine as an instrument of foreign policy, in total disregard of the Proclamation of America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

In the Cuban archipelago, the only prisoners who are deprived of their rights and dignity, tortured and confined for long periods, without legal basis, courts of justice or due process, are the ones maintained by the United States government in the Arbitrary detention and torture center at the Guantanamo Naval Base that illegally occupies part of our territory.

In the Monday session of the Commission of Socio-Humanitarian Affairs of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Permanent Representative of Cuba, Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, presented the denunciation of this provocation that received the express repudiation of 11 countries. The Ambassador of the United States to the ECOSOC, was left without arguments and in absolute isolation.

The Coordination Bureau of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, summoned in an emergency, met with the presence of 91 delegations, of which 17 intervened expressly in opposition to the slanderous maneuver.

The Permanent Missions of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela were there in solidarity with Cuba. As was seen in the television images, the Member States and the other guests, almost without exception, declined to participate in the farce on Tuesday, which was attended by "representatives" of alleged "non-governmental" organizations funded by the Department of State, and a handful of sepoys who receive a salary from this or their frontmen.

Took the floor in this circus, the yesterday beaten Ambassador of the United States before the ECOSOC; The "panel" was moderated by a former Head of the US Interests Section in Havana in the 1990s, who personally knows the stateless persons on the payroll of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the State Department.

An example of the kind of guests, are two of the employees of the United States in their anti-Cuban policy, used nothing less than as "panelists" in the "event." They run the organizations "Institute of Race, Equity, and Human Rights" and the "Cuban Observatory of Human Rights." The first of these organizations received 290,000 dollars from the US authorities, while the second received 67,434 dollars, aimed at subverting the Cuban constitutional order.

And, could not miss the show, the hysterical Secretary General of the OAS that made a break in his personal campaign of denials and aggressions against the Bolivarian  and Chavist Revolution  to tour events in New York.

Fulfilling scrupulously the requirements published by the Department of State, 22 representatives of 9 US non-governmental organizations that advocate the end of the blockade and the normalization of relations with Cuba were registered to participate. Curiously, all but one were prevented from attending by the undemocratic hosts. Other guests were expelled from the room.

The journalists, who ended up being the majority of those present, showed faces of fun or resignation, in the case of those intended to please the owners or publishers of the profitable disinformation industry.

It is of special concern that the anti-Cuban "event" was allowed to take place in the great headquarters of the United Nations Organization and that it was held on World Food Day, precisely by the State that votes against of the Resolution "The right to food" of the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

To do so, the rules governing the use of United Nations rooms and services have been violated, which make it clear that "only events that are consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations and are justified by their relevance to the work of the Organization. "

The Department of State of the United States intends again to use the facilities of the United Nations as its private preserve. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces that an action of this nature cannot be considered in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Organization, nor relevant to its work, when it is specifically directed against the independence and self-determination of a Member State, and in the framework of a campaign of hostility and threats against Cuba, repudiated by the international community.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs respectfully requests from the General Secretariat of the United Nations a rigorous and urgent investigation of what happened, of whose result it informs the General Assembly in a timely and appropriate manner so that appropriate measures can be taken to prevent these aggressive acts against sovereign States.

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