Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES – Cuba will soon present for its approval the draft resolution called “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” before the UN General Assembly. A similar resolution has been approved 25 times before and which the US has completely ignored.
The report that Cuba will present before the resolution is put up for a vote, includes an update of damages caused by the blockade that has been limiting our country’s opportunities to make progress for more than 55 years.. But, this measure of strength, which has the explicit objective of causing the Cuban people hunger and despair, is a lot more than the economic statistics that are reported in the following manner:
“Damages accumulated during almost six decades of this measure reach 822.280 billion dollars, taking into account the devaluation of the US dollar against the value of gold on the international market. In today’s prices, the blockade has caused quantifiable damages valued at over 130.178 billion dollars.
Over the period since the last report, the blockade has caused Cuba losses worth 4.305 billion dollars.”
In order to put this figure into perspective, according to estimates from Cuba’s Ministry of Economy and Planning, the country needs between 2 and 2.5 billion USD of direct foreign investment per year in order to make economic progress. In other words, the annual cost of the blockade for Cuba is approximately double what it needs to develop its economy.”
These figures speak for themselves and give an idea about the financial damage caused to this country in order to make its social project fail and force it to return to what it was 60 years ago by reinstating capitalism with all of its consequences such as social injustice, a cut in social budgets at the expense of society’s wellbeing, administrative corruption and all of the other scourges that capitalism entails and which I don’t need to name.
In another part of the report which will be presented to the UN General Assembly, it states:
“The blockade continues to be a massive and flagrant violation of the Cuban people’s human rights and qualifies as an act of genocide according to the 1948 Convention Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. It’s an obstacle to international cooperation efforts.
“It urges the United States to comply with the 25 resolutions adopted by the international community at the United Nations General Assembly, whose Member States are asking for an end to this absurd policy and for the blockade to be lifted unilaterally and unconditionally.”
Tightening the blockade, as announced by President Donald Trump on June 16th 2017, “has been tone-deaf to the demand of Congress members (including Republicans), the business sector, different organizations, the press and US public opinion, who support a relationship that benefits both peoples and their governments in the most varied spheres of economic and social life,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry report states.
There’s no way of understanding how in a civilized society, in a country which claims to be a defender of Human Rights, the human rights of an entire people are being flagrantly violated and nothing is being done about it. How can they even refuse to sell medicine to save a child with cancer without being brought before the International Court in the Hague for genocide crimes, because the US blockade against Cuba, which has been causing great harm for nearly 60 years now, is a crime against humanity, there’s no doubt about it.