THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
WILL VOTE ON THE CUBAN RESOLUTION AGAINST THE BLOCKADE NEXT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27.
THE BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA IS AN ACT OF GENOCIDE
New York, 20 October 2015. Cuba is State Party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide since 1953 and, as such, it is committed to the prevention of this scourge.
Nevertheless, on April 6, 1960, Under-secretary of State Lester Mallory wrote the most concise, exact and lasting definition of the objectives of the blockade against Cuba. The objective of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba was textually quote as follows: “creating disillusionment and discouragement through economic dissatisfaction and hardship (…) weakening the economic life by denying money and supplies to Cuba in order to reduce nominal and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow the government.”
Due to its stated purpose and direct effects, the economic commercial and financial blockade against Cuba qualifies as an act of genocide, pursuant to item B and C of Article 2 of the Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948. This is a massive, blatant and systematic human right violation of an entire people.
Therefore, among other reasons, Cuba will submit to the United Nations General Assembly for the twenty-fourth consecutive time next October 27th, the draft Resolution A/70/L.2 “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.
New York, October 20, 2015