(October 16) – Why is the United States taking this step?
The United States intends to defend, by any means, its unilateral policy of economic blockade, which is the object of universal condemnation, and violates international law.
The U.S. government knows that this conduct is not supported by the U.S. population, or by Cubans residing there. They fabricate unfounded accusations, issuing defamatory statements regarding the safety of diplomats in Cuba.
Far from dialoguing on the basis of respect, as Cuba has done to promote cooperation, as it does with other countries, the U.S. government resorts to fraudulent accusations and slander campaigns.
The U.S. government allocates millions of dollars every year to attack Cuba’s constitutional order, interfere in internal affairs, and finance individuals who act as agents of a foreign power, which is illegal in Cuba, as it is in the United States and other countries.
“Cuba is a country of peace, that conducts foreign relations based on respect and cooperation, that has a long track record of recognized solidarity and friendship, particularly with developing countries,” he said, “It is the U.S. policy toward Cuba that is isolated.”
He recalled that this coming October 31, the UN General Assembly will once again vote for an end to the blockade, “The United Sates government and its State Department should pay attention to this universal demand.”
Cuba reacts to the provocation
Given the situation, her Excellency Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Cuban ambassador and permanent representative before the UN, sent a letter of protest to UN General Secretary António Guterres, reminding him of norms related to the use of conference halls which clearly establish that only events in consonance with UN policies and principles may be held in these areas, and that their relevance to UN work must be presented.
She formally requested that the event planned by the United States in UN facilities be cancelled, and that an internal investigation be conducted to determine how this violation of policy was permitted.
Rodríguez continued in her letter, stating, “This, like so many other actions, is part of Washington’s desperate escalation against Havana to justify its genocidal policy of almost 60 years, which constitutes the principal obstacle to development in Cuba and is a flagrant violation of the human rights of Cubans.”
The issue of human rights has been manipulated many time by the United sates to attack Cuba, but this provocation is of particular concern since it is taking place in UN facilities, shortly before the General Assembly vote to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba that has consistently won overwhelming support.
3:05 pm Meeting ends As the meeting concluded, the teleSUR correspondent stated, “This is the environment. The meeting is over. The hall almost empty. Very few of those invited by the U.S.”
2:45 pm Cuba Sí, Bloqueo No, (Cuba yes, blockade, no) is the demand of #Cuba representatives at the anti-Cuban event in the UN Economic and Social Councilhall, being held in violation of UN prodedures, according the the Cuban Ministry on Twitter.
2:10 pm Cuban Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez requests to speak and is denied the floor by organizers.
The UN webcast does not broadcast the face of Cuba’s representative. UN Security removes those opposing the U.S. campaign against Cuba from the hall. More protests are heard.
1:45 pm Almagro joins U.S. spokesperson
Ambassador Kelley E. Currie, who appears to be stepping in to take on the role of toughie played by Nikki Haley as U.S. rep in the UN, calls on countries to join the U.S. in its attacks on Cuba using an old pretext, that Cuba does not share its vision of human rights.
Almagro, taking the floor, insults Cuba referring to Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro in disrespectful terms, and ignoring Cuba’s accomplishments in terms of human rights.
In the back of the room filled with U.S. lies, the condemnations of the Cuban delegation can be heard, demanding respect for our nation and the truth.
Ambassador Kelley E. Currie, U.S. representative before the UN Economic and Social Council, will present the central argument attacking Cuba, alleging the existence of 130 political prisoners in the island.
The United States is about to begin its press conference to accuse Cuba of human rights violations.
‘No moral authority’: Cuba calls ‘Jailed for what?’ campaign hypocritical
(October 17) – Cuban and Bolivian diplomats chanted and banged tables at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Tuesday in protest against a United States-organized event held to supposedly highlight the plight of what they branded “Cuban political prisoners.”
“Cuba, yes, blockade, no!” Cuban diplomats chanted during the United States-organized forum held at the U.N. headquarters in New York highlighting the nearly six-decade-old economic and cultural blockade against the island nation, which President Donald Trump has intensified since entering office in January 2017.
Among those who interrupted the U.S. envoy to ECOSOC, Kelley Currie, during her speech launching the “Jailed for What?” campaign, was the nation’s ambassador to the U.N., Anayansi Rodriguez.
After the U.N. meeting Rodriguez pointed out the hypocrisy of the U.S. initiative set up to accuse Cuba of human rights violations: “The imprisonment of children would have rightly justified the name ‘Jailed for What?,’” Rodriguez said referring to the U.S. policy of separating and detaining Central American children and parents at its southern border trying to gain entry into the United States.
“This is a shame for the United States government,” she added.
The Cuban ambassador released a statement to the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of the event describing the initiative as a “political comedy.”
“Cuba is proud of its human rights record, which denies any manipulation against it,” she told reporters Monday. “On the contrary, the U.S. lacks the morals to give lessons, much less in this matter.”
The ‘Jailed for What?’ campaign claims there are 130 political prisoners held by the Cuban government, a claim the Caribbean nation flatly denies. The campaign comes just weeks before the U.N. General Assembly will vote on the draft resolution entitled a “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” Cuba says the U.S. campaign is an “excuse to maintain and intensify the blockade, which constitutes a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of Cubans.”
As the anti-blockade chants began to drown out her speech, Currie asked for the diplomats to be removed by security. The U.S. representative later said: “I have never in my life seen diplomats behave the way that the Cuban delegation did today. It was really shocking and disturbing.”
Currie told reporters after the incident that the Cubans demonstrated “thuggish behavior” that has “no place” in the United Nations.
In support of Cuba, Bolivian President Evo Morales tweeted that the blockade had cost the island US$130 billion, a figure published by the United Nations in May.
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry (Minrex) also issued a lengthy statement against the U.S. initiative, which it described as a “failure” and an “anti-Cuban show.”
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba strongly rejects the defamatory campaign against Cuba on human rights launched on 16 October by the United States Government at United Nations Headquarters.
“As has already been pointed out, this action is part of the sequence of statements against our country carried out during recent weeks by high-level officials of the United States government, who show increasing hostility towards Cuba and the Cuban Revolution,” the statement said.
It added, “The U.S. government has no moral authority to criticize Cuba.”
The Minrex statement highlighted U.S. abuses stating: “Instead of worrying about the alleged ‘political prisoners’ they say they would exist in Cuba, they should do so because of the human rights violations that take place in their own territory.”
“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.”
Cuban officials said the U.S. should reverse its systemic gender and racial discrimination that exists within the country. “The United States government should account for the 987 people killed in 2017 by law enforcement agents by firearms. African American people, who make up 13% of the population, accounted for almost 23% of the victims.
“There is systematic racial discrimination in law enforcement and in judicial bodies. Black male offenders were sentenced, on average, to only 19.1% longer than those white offenders who were in similar situations,” Minrex said.
ECOSOC is responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of 15 U.N. specialized agencies, their commissions, and five regional commissioners.
Statement by the Cuban Mission at the UN on the latest provocation by Washington
New York, 14 October 2018.
Permanent Mission to the United Nations
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Cuba condemns and rejects in the strongest possible terms an anti-Cuban event promoted by the United States at the United Nations headquarter.
The U.S. Department of State issued a press release on 12 October, informing of the Government’s intention to use the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber of the United Nations to hold an event aimed at launching a Campaign called “Jailed for What?” against Cuba on Tuesday, 16 October 2018.
This action at the ECOSOC Chamber, a Major Organ of the Organization, seeks to tarnish the name of the United Nations in an act against a Member State, in contravention of the purposes and principles of the Charter.
The very nature of the press release distributed by the Department of State clearly shows the objectives pursued with this event, by announcing the start of an insulting and fallacious campaign against Cuba.
The event constitutes a political farce of the worst taste, staged on false arguments and with supporting actors, some of Cuban origin, who with a dark history at the service of a foreign power, join the escalation of anti-Cuban actions by the current U.S. Administration, engaged in justifying the genocidal policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island. This policy constitutes the main obstacle to Cuba’s development and a flagrant violation of the human rights of its people. It would be therefore worthwhile for the United States Government to transform its ignominy campaign into sincere forgiveness and reparation to the Cuban people for the damages caused by the 56 years of the application of the blockade.
In view of these events, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, H.E. Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, has sent a letter of protest dated 13 October to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. António Guterres, and to other senior officials of the Secretariat. In the said letter, she recalls that the rules concerning the use of conference rooms clearly set out the holding of events that are solely in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations and further justified by their relevance to the work of the Organization.
The Ambassador’s letter states that the aforementioned event flagrantly violates the above rules and the Charter of the United Nations, and therefore has Cuba’s total rejection. Consequently, it “calls for the cancellation of the event planned by the United States within the perimeter of the United Nations premises and for an internal investigation to be conducted in order to determine accountability for the said violations”.
Cuba prides itself on its human rights record, which denies any manipulation against it. The United States lack the morals to give lessons, and much less in this matter. That country, with poor adherence to international human rights instruments, has a pattern of systematic violations of all human rights, including the use of torture, detention and arbitrary deprivation of liberty, as is the case of the Guantánamo Naval Base, an illegally occupied Cuban territory; the murder of African-Americans by police officers; the death of innocent civilians by their intervention and occupation forces; xenophobia and repression and the imprisonment of immigrants, including children separated from their families.
Cuba condemns and rejects in the strongest possible terms this new anti-Cuban action by the United States Government and hopes that the Secretariat will enforce the established rules, will act in accordance with the UN Charter and consequently, will cancel the holding of this event in the premises of the Organization.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations.