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 FULL EDUCATION
New York, 13 October, 2015. The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba enshrines the inalienable right of Cubans to education 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.
The main affectations reported in the field of education are determined, among other things, by the of hefty fees paid for freights to transport products acquired in distant markets and the lack or deficiency of some teaching and research aids and resources due to their higher costs in other markets.
The transportation of containers alone, with supplies for education from distant markets, represented an expenditure of 1 942 800 USD to the Ministry of Education during the period from June 2014 to June 2015. Acquiring and transporting these goods from the South of the United States would bring about a significant decrease in distance and freight cost, which would reduce by 39.72% the amount disbursed.
For a more precise idea of the social implication of this loss, suffice it to mention that the same value could have served to acquire the required teaching materials for 162 kindergartens. Due to the above described economic affectation, we could only buy materials to 60 kindergartens.
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”.