International Court rules that blockade of Cuba violates International Law

An international court that analyzed the US blockade against Cuba for two days in Brussels ruled this Friday, November 17, that this policy violates International Law and universal norms for peaceful coexistence.

After hearing the arguments of the Prosecutor's Office and the statements of witnesses about the human and economic damage of the blockade, the court recalled that the United States has applied this unilateral system of coercive measures for more than 60 years, affecting the living conditions of an entire people,  its development and the performance of the various sectors of society.

Likewise, the decision of the magistrates reflects the extraterritorial scope of the blockade, a component contrary to International Law, the unjustifiable nature of the siege and its intensification with the inclusion of the island on the list of countries that are alleged sponsors of terrorism.

The opinion read by the judges, headed by German jurist Norman Peach, also pointed out the blockade as violating the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966.

In another of its points, the sentence uses the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the possibility that Washington's hostility and its determination to cause systematic collective damage fits into this crime.

The international court urged the United States to end the blockade against Cuba and compensate affected companies and citizens.

After the ruling, the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Fernando González, thanked the MEPs, the organizers and the participants in the forum

This verdict, even though it is not binding, constitutes a useful tool to raise awareness among world public opinion on the issue, he noted in this capital.

In a joint press conference, González and MEP Sandra Pereira considered that although the judges' decision is not legally binding, it represents a valuable instrument to continue the fight for the end of the siege.

In this regard, they highlighted the importance of the ruling being known to the world, and recognized the depth of the testimonies provided during the process by Cuban, European and American witnesses about the impact of an illegal and extraterritorial policy.

Likewise, he considered that the holding of the international court in the European Parliament has a particular symbolism, as attacks on Cuba come out of this space, brandishing human rights and democracy on the basis of falsehoods.

A large delegation of Irish solidarity participated in the Tribunal against the blockade.

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