New York, 25 March 2019.Slave trade and the terrible legacy of slavery are the root causes of profound social, economic inequality, hatred, fanaticism, racism and prejudice that continue to affect people of African descent nowadays, said today the Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal; at the General Assembly Commemorative Meeting on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Rodríguez Abascal referred to how the developed countries and their consumer societies have been the main beneficiaries of the conquest and colonization, slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, of the heartless exploitation and extermination of hundreds of millions of descendants of the peoples of the South. As a result, she explained, they have been enriched with the unfair economic order imposed on humanity and with the international financial institutions created exclusively by them and for them as new forms of domination and subjugation.
The diplomatic reaffirmed that the full remedy and compensation to the peoples and groups affected by such horrific and imprescriptible crime is an inescapable moral duty, which supports the fair request of CARICOM Member States. Likewise, she added, it would be fair to expect special and differential treatment for developing countries, particularly of Africa, in their international economic relations.
She recalled that as a result of the cruel trade, nearly 1.3 million Africans arrived in Cuba, mostly from the sub-Saharan part of the continent, which after a complex process of transculturation gave rise to the Cuban nationality, which in essence is a mixture of the Hispanic and the African.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations