CNC Resolution Against Helms-Burton Act

Given that the United States has waged a nearly six-decade economic war against the heroic people of Cuba; 

Given that the United Nations General Assembly for 27 year consecutive years has called for an end to the United States economic, commercial and financial embargo on Cuba; 

Given that in 2018, for example, the nations of the world by a massive vote adopted of 189 to 2; thus, resoundingly rejected the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba;

Given that in 1996 The U.S. Helms-Burton Act (whose full grotesque title is the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996) was conceived to codify and tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba in 1962 for the purpose of subverting and overthrowing the Cuban government and imposing a regime to the liking of the U.S. government; 

Given that the Helms-Burton Act is an escalation of Washington's economic war against Cuba and an overt attempt through the imposition of the extra-territoriality to economically asphyxiate Cuba through the violation of international law, by attempting to cut off Cuba's economic links with other parts of the world and sources of foreign investment; 

Given that the aim of the Helms-Burton Act is to re-impose U.S. domination, hegemony and tutelage of Cuba, in short returning the island to a neo-colony; 

Given that the Helms-Burton Act is a fundamental violation of the right of the Cuban people to self-determination, a violation of the right of the Cuban people to determine their political, economic, social and cultural system without any political interference, a right that is enshrined 16  in the Charter of the United Nations and in the various covenants on international, economic, political and civil rights; 

Given that the Helms-Burton Act violates the sovereignty, independence and right of third countries (including Canada) to engage in trade and other commercial relations with Cuba; 

Given that the Helms-Burton Act is a flagrant violation of established norms of international trade and international law; 

Given that the Helms-Burton Act is not just an act of aggression against the Cuban people but also against the Canadian people and the fundamental principle of sovereignty; 

Be it resolved that the Canadian Network and its member groups reject the Helms-Burton Act and call for its complete rescinding; 

Be it further resolved that the Canadian Network and its member groups reject and condemn U.S. President Trump's implementation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which since 1996 has been suspended by every previous U.S. president; 

Be it further resolved that the Canadian Network and its member groups call on the Canadian government and Canadian parliamentarians to defend Canadian sovereignty as well as Cuba's sovereignty and right to self-determination by not allowing Canada's policies towards Cuba or its relations with Cuba to be targeted and undermined by Washington's aggressions against the island nation; 

Be it further resolved that the Canadian Network and its member groups call on the Canadian government to vociferously, reject in all national and international for the extraterritorial nature of Helms-Burton; 

Be it further resolved that the Canadian Network and its member groups call on the Canadian government to take a resolute, unequivocal political stand against this latest vindictive act of the U.S. against Cuba and by using all available legal means at home and internationally (especially, the Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act, which in 1997 was further strengthened specifically to deal with the Helms-Burton Act);

Be it further resolved that Canadian Network and its member groups will continue and intensify its activities to end the US interference and economic warfare against Cuba and Venezuela;

Be it further resolved that the Canadian Network creates an online and in print petition condemning U.S. President Trump’s implementation of title 3 and 4 of the Helms-Burton Act.

Unanimously adopted by the 9th Biennial Convention of the Canadian Network on Cuba, June 9, 2019.

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