In the hallowed halls of the United Nations General Assembly, a resolution clamoring for an end to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba was put to vote. The outcome was resounding, with almost unanimous global support for lifting the blockade. Only the United States and Israel voted against the resolution, while Ukraine abstained. The rest of the world nations, in a unified voice, voted for the cessation of the decades-long economic siege on Cuba, reports RIA Novosti correspondent.
Global Condemnation of an Anachronistic Policy
The debate and subsequent vote on the resolution, titled "Necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba" was a spectacle of global unity. More than 30 speakers took to the podium, highlighting the debilitating impact of the blockade on Cuba's development, and calling for its immediate end. The resolution underscored that over 80% of Cuba's population was born under the harsh realities of this policy.
In a report presented by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the continuity of the blockade against Cuba and its inclusion in the list of state sponsors of terrorism were termed as actions incompatible with international law. The report underscored that these policies are a flagrant violation of human rights, including access to development, and an exercise of political and economic power that goes against the principles of the United Nations charter and international law.
The Real Cost of the Blockade
The US embargo on Cuba has cast a long, debilitating shadow over every sector of the Cuban economy, exacerbating the quality of life for ordinary Cubans. It has created a scarcity of basic necessities such as medicines, food, and fuel. The Cuban government estimates that the blockade has caused an estimated $4.8 billion in losses from March 2022 to February 2023, which translates to over $555,000 for each hour of the blockade.
The inclusion of Cuba in the US list of state sponsors of terrorism has only served to worsen the impact of the economic embargo, resulting in a significant increase in the number of Cubans migrating to the United States in search of economic opportunities.
A Chorus for Change
The overwhelming international support for lifting the blockade is a testament to the global community's condemnation of the embargo and its recognition of its detrimental effects on Cuba's development and the well-being of its people. Despite this, President Biden and his administration have remained unmoved, continuing to uphold these anachronistic policies that isolate the United States from the rest of the world.
Non-profit organization, CODEPINK, has been actively advocating for an end to the blockade and has called on the US government to change its hostile policy towards Cuba. They highlight the democratic voice of the American people, with over a hundred resolutions condemning the blockade passed across the US, representing about 55 million Americans calling for its end.