[News] US Blockade on Cuba Is 'Genocidal' - National Union of Cuban Jurists says that it also violates international law

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  US Blockade on Cuba Is 'Genocidal'

23 September 2016

The National Union of Cuban Jurists released a statement condemning the 
U.S. economic blockade on Cuba Wednesday, saying it continues to have a 
negative impact on the island’s economy and banking system and is a 
violation of international law.

“The blockade not only violates the human rights of the Cuban people, 
but also the sovereign right of all countries of the world to have 
relations with Cuba without fear of reprisals – moreover the policy 
violates international law, the purposes and principles of the United 
Nations Charter, and the norms of free trade,” the group said in a 

The National Union of Cuban Jurists stressed how the blockade has had a 
worsening effect on the nation's economy and, in particular, its banking 
system. The group said that while Cuba and the U.S. were not at war – 
and that Cuba had never been aggressive toward the U.S. – nonetheless, 
Washington has levied hostile economic sanctions that have created 
roadblocks to future development in the island nation.

It also referred to the blockade as “genocidal” according to U.N. 
conventions, and labelled it an act of “economic war,” while thanking 
those around the world that have supported Cuba in demanding an end to 
the hostile blockade.

Despite a normalizing of relations between the two countries since 
President Obama’s December 2014 visit to Cuba, the economic blockade 
still remains. Cuba reported earlier this year that the blockade has 
cost US$753.7 billion 
over the last six decades and US$4.7 billion 
in the last year.

Other issues, such as the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo, remain as 
barriers against normalized relations, said Cuba’s Minister of Foreign 
Affairs Bruno Rodriguez 
at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. Rodriguez also stressed that 
unipolar imperialism and global capitalism “will never be historically 
or environmentally sustainable.”

The United Nations General Assembly is set to vote Monday on the 
blockade for the 25th consecutive year. Last year, 191 states voted to 
condemn the U.S. blockade, with only the U.S. and the Israel voting in 
opposition, a trend that is expected to continue.

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