Despite the difficulties imposed by the U.S. blockade, Cuba makes progress in the protection of persons with disabilities

New York, 15 June 2022. Cuba participated today in the general debate of the 15th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held at the United Nations headquarters.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of the island, Ambassador Yuri Gala López, stated that further progress on a global scale in the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities will depend on strengthening international cooperation and the transfer of resources and technologies to the South. Therefore, development must be prioritized, he asserted.

The diplomat stressed that the spirit and the letter of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will not be possible to materialize as long as a group of developing countries continue to be under the impact of unilateral coercive measures, as is the case of Cuba.

The Caribbean island, in the treatment and protection of its elderly, has not only had to face the COVID-19 pandemic, but also an intensified and opportunistic economic, commercial and financial blockade by the United States, in force for over six decades.

He exemplified how this policy of sanctions directly hinders the lives of Cubans with disabilities. In this regard, he referred to the fact that visually impaired people cannot benefit from the "Jaws" screen reader, which would allow them to interact with computers, since Cuba cannot purchase and use this software, developed by a U.S. company.

Gala López emphasized that despite the criminal blockade, the island continues to make progress in the implementation of the Convention and reaffirmed Cuba's commitment to building an increasingly inclusive society for persons with disabilities.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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