Statement of the Cuban delegation in the general discussion of item 19 c) “Crime prevention and criminal justice”, Management Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). New York, 22 July 2021.

Mr. President:

Cuba remains fully committed to the United Nations efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice, and we reaffirm the relevance of the CCPCJ, which is evident when assessing the report of its 30th session.

It is also clear that this complex topic requires further international cooperation. However, contrary to that spirit, several countries continue to be under unilateral coercive measures that have a heavy toll on sustainable development, including crime prevention and criminal justice efforts.

In the case of Cuba, it is the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade, which has been strengthened to unprecedented levels in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the main factor that impedes us to achieve better results across this field.

In recent days, Cuba has suffered an intense operation orchestrated and financed by the US Government to destabilize my country. As part of this operation, they have incited violence, promoted vandalism, and directly financed criminal activities in Cuba, to generate chaos, social unrest, and internal disorder.

The current operation against Cuba is not spontaneous. It was designed and executed from cyberspace under the jurisdiction of the US government, by companies and groups in Florida that receive federal and local funds to finance these criminal activities. Social media and media outlets, artificial intelligence, and big data were used to deliberately spread lies and misinformation.

The Cuban government and people will continue to defend the Constitutional order that we have freely chosen, in the exercise of our right to self-determination. Against all odds, we will continue pursuing the construction of an inclusive, democratic, prosperous, and sustainable society for all.

I thank you