Cuba rejects anti-Cuban provocation at United Nations headquarters

Havana, Oct 15 (ACN) The Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations announced that it sent a letter of protest to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, requesting the cancellation of an event promoted by the United States for the beginning of an insulting and fallacious campaign against the Island.
We reproduce below the text published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba:
The U.S. Department of State issued a press release on October 12, in which it informed of
the government's intention to use the room of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations to hold an event, in which they will launch a campaign called "Jailed for what" against Cuba on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
With this action in the room of ECOSOC, a Main Body of the Organization, it is attempted 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 beginning of an insulting and fallacious campaign against Cuba.
The event constitutes a political farce of the worst taste, built on false arguments and with actors of distribution, some of Cuban origin, who with a dark history at the service of a foreign power, join the escalation of actions against Cuba 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 well worthwhile for the United States government to transform its campaign of ignominy for forgiveness and reparation to the Cuban people for the damage caused by the 56 years of the blockade.
In view of these events, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Her Excellency Ms. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, has addressed a letter of protest, dated 13 October, to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, and to other senior officials of the Secretariat in which she recalls that the rules relating to the use of conference rooms clearly establish that only events that are in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations and justified by their relevance to the work of the Organization will be held.

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The Ambassador's letter states that the aforementioned event flagrantly violates those norms and the Charter of the United Nations, and therefore has Cuba's total rejection and, consequently, "calls for the cancellation of the event planned by the United States within the perimeter of United Nations facilities and for an internal investigation to be carried out in order to determine responsibility for the violations pointed out".
Cuba prides itself on its human rights record, which denies any manipulation against it. The United States lacks the morals to give lessons, much less in this matter. That country, with its scant adherence to international human rights instruments, had a pattern of systematic violations of all human rights, including the use of torture, detention and arbitrary deprivation of liberty, as occurred at the Guantánamo Naval Base, illegally occupied Cuban territory; the murder of African-Americans by police officers; the death of innocent civilians by their intervention and occupation troops; xenophobia and repression; and the imprisonment of immigrants, including children separated from their families.
Cuba strongly condemns and rejects this new anti-Cuban action by the government of the United States and hopes that the Secretariat will enforce the established norms, act in accordance with the UN Charter and, consequently, cancel the holding of this event in the facilities of the Organization.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

Southern Cross Brigade

A quick reminder

Just a quick reminder to any potential Kiwi brigadistas for this year’s Brigade - time is running out – registrations close October 31st

The Southern Cross Brigade offers the opportunity to experience the cultural, political and social conditions in socialist Cuba firsthand through visits to hospitals, schools, urban agriculture projects, historical sites and more! 

Brigadistas (brigade participants) will also meet with a range of Cubans who work for national organisations, such as the unions and the Women’s Federation, as well as people working in government, including economists and foreign affairs experts. Participants will also experience agricultural life, spending five mornings alongside Cuban farmers doing agricultural activities such as fruit picking, pruning or planting.

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Blockade: supported by two votes - the U.S. and Israel

“Two experts in applying collective punishment on civil populations”

“The blockade of Cuba must end.”

Paul Laverty, author of the screenplay for the prizewinning film on the life of dancer Carlos Acosta, describes the U.S. blockade as a disgrace

The British scriptwriter Paul Laverty, who won the screenplay award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, in Spain, for the film Yuli, inspired in the life of Cuban dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta, described the blockade as “a disgrace that must end.”

Upon accepting the prize, Laverty, who has written scripts for outstanding

Photo: From the film Yuli
directors like Ken Loach, stated, “Some 58 years ago, the U.S. imposed a blockade on Cuba, a blockade that is illegal, that is condemned every year in the United Nations, and is only supported by two votes, those of the U.S. and Israel. Two experts in applying collective punishment on civil populations. Two bullies, shameless hypocrites. We must do away with this disgrace; the blockade of Cuba must end.”

Laverty joins the long list of artists and intellectuals who have spoken out against the blockade, such as filmmakers and actors Oliver Stone, Benicio del Toro, and Robert de Niro, as well as musicians like Manu Chao, Tom Morello, Chris Martin, and Chris Cornell, among many others.

According to official figures, since its inception the blockade has caused losses valued at more than $933,678,000,000, and in the cultural sphere the hostile policy has hampered interaction between artists in the two countries, and created obstacles to the acquisition of musical instruments, instructional software, and studio equipment, among other damages.

Laverty’s comments were featured in the press covering the festival, where Yuli was acclaimed, with members of the cast on hand, led by Carlos Acosta himself and actress Laura de la Uz. Also playing important roles in the film were professor and choreographer Santiago Alfonso, Andrea Doimeadiós, and producer Claudia Calviño.

Acosta (La Habana, 1973), one of the greatest dancers in the history of Cuban ballet, commented that the film, described as “dazzling” at the festival, based on his autobiography No Way Home, can serve as an example of perseverance for Cubans.

“It is the triumph of a humble Cuban family and can serve as a mirror for all Cubans who on a daily basis confront adversities,” he said.

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez addresses the UN General Assembly

Full text of the speech offered by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly can be found here

A couple of extracts

  • It is absurd but consistent with the irrationality of a world in which the richest 0.7% of the population owns 46% of all the wealth, while the poorer 70% of the population can access only 2.7% of it; 3.460 billion people survive in poverty; 815 million go hungry; 758 million are illiterate and 844 million lack basic services of drinking water.
  • No one should be deceived by anybody claiming that humanity lacks enough material, financial and technological resources to eradicate poverty, hunger, preventable diseases and other scourges. What is lacking is the political will of the industrialized countries, who have the moral duty, the historical responsibility and the abundant resources to solve the most pressing global problems.
  • Cuba rejects the militarization of outer space and cyberspace, as well as the covert and illegal use of the information and communication technologies to attack other states.
  • Today we have come to reiterate what Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz said on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the UN, which summarizes the most noble aspiration of the majority of humanity, and I quote: "We want a world without hegemonistic practices, without nuclear weapons, without interventionism, without racism, without national or religious hatred, without violations of the sovereignty of any country, with respect for independence and the free self-determination of peoples, without universal models that do not take into account the traditions and cultures of all components of humanity at all. Without cruel blockades that kill men, women, children, the young, and the elderly like silent atomic bombs".
  • On behalf of the Cuban people, I would like to thank this General Assembly for the virtually unanimous rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against my country.
  • The Cuba on behalf of which I speak today is the proud successor of that independent, sovereign, fraternal and solidarity policy with the poorest of this world, producers of all the wealth on the planet, although the unequal global order has sentenced them with dire poverty on behalf of words like democracy, freedom and human rights, words which the rich have actually emptied of meaning.