Blockade and subversion through ICTs: two sides of the U.S. policy towards Cuba

New York, 22 October 2020.During his statement at the General Debate of the Fourth Committee of the United Nations, Ambassador Humberto Rivero Rosario, representative of Cuba to this international organization, acknowledged that the new Information and Communications Technologies must be made available to all countries without discrimination; and he condemned how the application of illegal unilateral coercive measures makes it impossible for developing countries to advance in the development of information and communications technologies.

The Cuban diplomat explained how the blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba for almost 60 years has affected the island´s development in that field. Said unilateral policy is the main obstacle to a better information flow and wider access to the Internet and information and communications technologies (ICTs) by Cubans.

He stressed that from April 2019 to March 2020, the economic impact on the communications and information technology sector, including telecommunications in Cuba is estimated at USD 64,274,042.

Rivero Rosario strongly rejected the permanent radio and television aggression of the United States against Cuba, which contravenes the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and several provisions of the International Telecommunication Union.

On average, in the current year 2020, 2136 weekly hours have been illegally broadcasted from the territory of the United States to Cuba through 22 frequencies.

Cuba has also rejected the decision by the U.S. administration to establish a "Cuba Internet Task Force", with the declared objective of promoting a "free and unregulated flow of information in Cuba ".

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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