Cuban representative to the UN states that sanctions deny the right to development

New York, 16 October 2020.First Secretary Alejandro González Behmaras, representative of Cuba to the United Nations, participated today in the Interactive Dialogue of the Third Committee with Mr. Saad Alfarargi, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development, where he pointed out how the pandemic has highlighted the inequalities of the current international economic order, the obstacles that developing countries face and the lack of political will of the richest country in the world to collectively make progress in solving common problems.

He referred to how in the midst of a pandemic, a situation in which common sense, solidarity and cooperation should prevail, the United States chooses to politicize the virus, withdraw from the WHO, undermine multilateralism and continue to apply unilateral coercive measures, including those applied against Cuba.

The Cuban diplomat urged the Special Rapporteur to continue analyzing how unilateral practices of rich countries affect the exercise of the right to development of the poorest; as well as the short-, medium- and long-term consequences that the pandemic will have for the right to development.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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