Press Release. Cuba pays tribute to victims of slavery and transatlantic slave trade at the United Nations General Assembly.
New York, 25th March. Cuba ratified today at the General Assembly that “developed countries and their consumer societies, responsible for the rapid and almost unstoppable destruction of the environment, have been the major beneficiaries of the conquest and colonization, slavery and transatlantic trade, ruthless exploitation and extermination of hundreds of millions of children of the Southern peoples.”
In like manner, the Island reaffirmed its support to Caribbean countries concerning the apologies and economic compensations demanded to European powers for slavery and genocide of native peoples. “Cuba strongly supports the just request for sincere apologies and according compensations required by CARICOM Member States, as redress for the genocide perpetrated against native peoples and the slavery of African peoples”, stated diplomatic Daylenis Moreno.
The Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the UN spoke at a Session of the General Assembly on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Moreno also stated that the Island also claims special and differential treatment required by developing countries, especially Africa, in its international economic relations.
Cuba supports and cosponsors the draft resolution submitted every year under this item by Countries members of CARICOM and the African Group, said Ms. Moreno.
The Cuban diplomatic also expressed the rejection of her country to “the opulent selfishness and the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for these crimes against humanity, linked to the historical development of capitalism.” She added that: those are precisely the same that constitute today the major beneficiaries of a globalization imposed on the basis of neoliberal patterns of plundering, lethal weapons of the financial neocolonialism and the new forms of threating and using force against the exercise of self-determination of the peoples.