The Cuba Solidarity Campaign adds its voice to the worldwide condemnation of the outgoing Trump administration’s listing of Cuba as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’.
Trump’s move is designed to hinder the incoming Biden administration from reprising the Obama era’s rapprochement with Havana. Obama’s decision to formally remove Cuba from the terrorism list in 2015 was an important step that led to the restoration of diplomatic relations later that year.
For the Trump administration, it has not been enough to impose more than 240 coercive actions to tighten the illegal and inhumane blockade against Cuba in its four years in office, particularly tightened during the pandemic. Just days before leaving the White House, the U.S. State Department included Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism pursuing the same goal: another legal ploy to economically suffocate the people of Cuba.
Ian Lavery MP is the eighteenth British Member of Parliament to formally nominate the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Ian was elected MP for Wansbeck in North East England in 2010 and was Chair of the Labour Party between 2017-2020. Ian was previously President of the National Union of Mineworkers from 2002 to 2010.
In support of his nomination Ian said:
London, 13 January, 2021.- Cuban Ambassador to the United Kingdom Bárbara Montalvo Álvarez attended this afternoon an online event organized by the Cuban Solidarity Campaign local group in Merseyside, England.
Montalvo gave an up-to-date presentation of the country’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19, and praised Cuba’s health system which allows to sustain all other health programs. She highlighted that 85.1% of all diagnosed cases have recovered, and that only 3.6% of them had to be admitted to critical care units.