The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US against Cuba.
As stated in the resolution, the Obama administration modified several aspects of the embargo, such as lifting some travel restrictions. These policies “contrast” with measures implemented by current President Donald Trump in 2017.
Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, accused the Trump administration’s blockade of causing incalculable humanitarian damage. “It is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of human rights, and qualifies as an act of genocide under Articles II (b) and (c) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted in 1948. There is not one single Cuban family that has not suffered the consequences of this.”
“From April 2018 to March this year, the impact of the US embargo on Cuba’s foreign trade amounts to more than $4 billion, causing economic hardship and humanitarian impacts for the people Cuba,” said Riyad Mansour, Ambassador of Palestine, on behalf of the developing countries’ bloc, the Group of 77 and China.
The resolution passed by a vote of 187 to 3. Brazil and Israel joined the US in voting no.