New York, 14 October 2020. Cuba participated today in the Interactive Dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, where it expressed its concern about the imposition of punitive approaches, selective practices and double standards against countries of the South, contrary to UNGA resolution 48/141, which emphasizes the need for the promotion and protection of all human rights to be guided by the principles of impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation.
Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, who represented Cuba in the dialogue, referred to the lack of real political will of the most powerful and richest country of the world, which instead of joining collective efforts, withdraws from the WHO and favors unilateralism. She stressed that the United States takes advantage of the current context to reinforce the imposition of unilateral coercive measures, which have an undeniable and very negative impact on human rights.
One of the most obvious examples of the unilateral conduct and contrary to the spirit of cooperation and solidarity in these times is precisely the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba. The diplomat explained that US sanctions on Cuba have hindered its access to products necessary to guarantee health and provision of other basic services to the people. She stated, in addition, that such actions prevent US citizens to access Cuban medical products and expertise in the fight against epidemics, which have saved thousands of lives all over the world.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations