European, Latin American and U.S. jurists, social, trade union and political organizations launched today at the Brussels-2023 Peoples' Summit the call for an International Tribunal against the Blockade of Cuba.
On the first day of the forum of European, Latin American and Caribbean social movements and progressive forces, the leader of the Party of the European Left (PIE) Maite Mola, accompanied by some twenty representatives of associations, read the call for the Tribunal scheduled for November 16 and 17 in this capital.
According to the call, the Tribunal intends to denounce the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island for more than six decades, a policy it describes as illegal and inhuman.
It also seeks to strengthen the movement against this siege in Europe and the United States.
"We are sure that this action will serve to add voices to the defense of democratic rights, sovereignty and freedom of the peoples," the text, signed by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, the Left Group in the European Parliament, the PIE and the National Lawyers Guild of the United States, stresses.
The initiative was also endorsed by the Foro de Abogados y Abogadas de Izquierda-Red de Abogados Demócratas de España, the National Conference of Lawyers of the United States, the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba in Europe, trade union organizations and associations of Cubans living in the old continent.
The signatories denounced the extraterritorial nature of the blockade against Cuba and the inclusion of the largest of the Antilles in Washington's unilateral list of countries sponsoring terrorism, which reinforce the violation of International Law of the U.S. policy towards the island.
In declarations to Prensa Latina, Manu Pineda, MEP, said that the seat of the International Tribunal against the Blockade of Cuba will be the European Parliament.
Let us remember that the European Union formally rejects the blockade and all its member countries vote in the UN General Assembly every year for its end, he stressed.
Pineda considered it necessary to give a legal treatment "to what is obviously a crime, and a crime has to be judged and condemned".
On behalf of the island, the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando González, thanked for the solidarity and the decision to organize the Tribunal.