THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
WILL VOTE ON THE CUBAN RESOLUTION AGAINST THE BLOCKADE
ON OCTOBER 27
THE BLOCKADE AFFECTS THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF CUBANS
TO HAVE A FULL CULTURAL LIFE
The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba enshrines the inalienable right of Cubans to have a full cultural live as a fundamental principle of the Revolution. However, the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States significantly threatens this right of the Cuban people.
Despite the country’s great achievements in the field of culture, the impact and limitations caused by the blockade in this sector cannot be ignored. Just during the period from June 2014 to June 2015, such policy has caused losses amounting to 24 727 300 USD in this field.
The study materials required to train artists are among the most expensive educational materials in the world. The blockade has imposed constant obstacles in the acquisition of teaching aids, instruments and materials indispensable to ensure the artistic training in Cuba. Musical instruments, oils, acrylics and brushes for visual arts; ballet shoes and customs for ballet and dance students among many others, are included in the long list of equipment and materials the blockade attempts to deprive art education students of in Cuba.
Some examples of the negative impact of the blockade in the development of the Cuban culture are listed below.
• If we could acquire products in the US market we could have savings that would benefit the cultural development of the country, which is evidenced by the following examples:
- In the US market, the saxophones of the brand Vandoren 10 Sax ZZ Reed #2.5 are priced 249 USD and Selmer SAS280R La Voix II Saxophones - Clear Lacquer are 250.06 USD. At present, Cuba buys those in third countries at 356 USD each. Ensuring a saxophone acquired in the United States to each of the 334 students using this instrument in Cuba would imply savings of 35 000 USD.
- In the United States a Yamaha MG16 MixingBoard 16 CH Piano is valued in 1 100 USD approximately. At present, Cuba acquires WBR Pianos, model GP-160 W, of lower quality, at 4 442 USD each. Considering that for the current enrollment of instrument players we need near 40 instruments, the affectation caused by the blockade amounts to 133 700 USD.
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”.