The Humanistic Solidarity Association Saint Lucia-Cuba(HSA) released an statement saluting the people and government of the Republic of Cuba on the 67th Anniversary of the July 26, 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago. That date and event led to the formation of the July 26 Movement, which led the national rebellion against the Batista dictatorship, that eventually led to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution six years later, on January 1, 1959. The Cuban government since 1959 has actively supported developing countries around the world in the health, education, and other sectors, through scholarship programmes, extensive medical assistance, and numerous other initiatives. As regards the Health sector, Cuban medical doctors and other healthcare personnel are present today in over 40 countries, helping with the fight against COVID-19 and many other ailments, while simultaneously contributing to the strengthening of those nations’ healthcare infrastructure. In Saint Lucia and the Caribbean, for example, millions of citizens are benefiting from surgical interventions under the Miracle Operation programme, with Eye Care Units run by Cuban ophthalmologists. Meanwhile the Henry Reeve Brigades are actively engaged all around the world, providing medical care to millions of human beings. In this context, the HSA also adds its voice to the numerous calls by the international community of sovereign States and international organizations, in condemnation of the egregious and criminal actions by the US administration, to further undermine the noble and sterling achievements of the Cuban Revolution in the vital arena of free medical assistance to numerous needy countries and their millions of disadvantaged citizens.
The HSA is therefore deeply alarmed that Washington should want to criminalize Cuba’s medical assistance to the Caribbean by associating the thousands of Cuban medical personnel in Caribbean and Latin American countries – and indeed the world – with “human trafficking.” We condemn most vociferously the latest effort by three US Republican Senators in this regard, as they seek to coerce sovereign governments of the international community, to align themselves with their unrelenting, reactionary and archaic anti-Cuba shenanigans, in flagrant violation of all the principles of the UN Charter on the sovereignty and dignity of independent UN Member States, as well as contrary to the Inter-American Charter and other relevant regional and international sovereignty protocols. The Humanistic Solidarity Association calls on CARICOM Governments to continue to stand in defense and support of Cuba's health sector assistance to the Caribbean, as these sovereign Caribbean governments have done at every CARICOM Summit, in appreciation of the priceless Cuban contribution to the lives and well-being of the people of the Caribbean.