By The Mast May 8, 2021. THE Network In Defense of Humanity is demanding an end to the blockade against the Cuban people. The Network has appealed to all lovers of peace, justice and international law to denounce the unprecedented aggression of the Government of the United States against Cuba, which has been going on for almost 60 years.
It stated that the blockade of Cuba was based on provisions that qualify, according to international law, as unilateral coercive measures, a crime of genocide under the Geneva Convention of 1948 and as a crime against humanity under the Roman Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The Network stated that the US government pressures and limits the actions of international banks, interferes with the granting of credits and all types of operations with Cuba, pressures suppliers of essential products – including medical instruments, medicines and food products – sanctions shipping companies that touch Cuban ports, persecutes those who transport fuel, prohibits commercial and charter flights, prevents the arrival of US tourists and cruise ships to its coasts, restricts cultural, academic and professional visits and exchanges, prohibits sending remittances to family members, among many other damages not only for Cuba, but for other states.
“These measures affect the entire Cuban population and their objective is to make daily life unbearable, in order to motivate political reactions and achieve the desired regime change,” it stated.
The Network stated that it was urgent today, with the special scenario imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global crisis, to mobilise public opinion more strongly than ever in the face of such a long-standing outrage against a people always supportive and courageous, punished for deciding to be masters of their own destiny, build a more just society and defend a sovereign country.
It noted that not even the blockade had been an obstacle for Cuban doctors, from the “Henry Reeve” Brigade, to have deployed their generous support in more than 40 nations helping to combat the pandemic.
“Let us fulfil our ethical duty to denounce this injustice and demand that the principles of peace, international legality, multilateralism and mutual respect prevail and that civilised relations between States prevail, as the only way to guarantee the survival of the human species on the planet,” stated the Network.