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The U.S. blockade of Cuba: An act of war by another name

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Cuban youth want peace, as well as freedoms denied them by U.S. sanctions. They say "Please help end the U.S. embargo so we can have a better life!"

MOST NATIONS SUPPORT CUBA
Every year a growing number nations vote to support the people of Cuba and against the punitive, inhumane U.S. sanctions that cause enormous hardship and suffering for the island's people.

19 year United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voting record to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba

 Year
For
Against 
Abstain 
 1992
59 
71 
 1993
88 
57 
 1994
101 
48 
 1995
117 
38 
 1996
137 
25 
 1997
143 
17 
 1998
157 
12 
 1999
155 
 2000
167 
 2001
167 
 2002
173 
 2003
179 
 2004
179 
 2005
182 
 2006
183 
 2007
184 
 2008
185 
 2009
187 
 2010
187 
 2011
186 
 2012
188 
A. UNGA 2003 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel and Marshall Islands (the latter is a U.S. protectorate). Countries abstaining: Micronesia, Morocco. Absent for vote: El Salvador, Iraq (occupied), Kuwait, Liberia (indebted to U.S.), Nicaragua, Palau, Usbekistan.

B. UNGA 2004 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau (the latter two are U.S. protectorates). Countries abstaining: Micronesia. Absent for vote: El Salvador, Iraq (occupied), Morocco, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

C. UNGA 2005 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau (the latter two are U.S. protectorates). Countries abstaining: Micronesia. Absent for vote: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Iraq (occupied), the Ivory Coast.

D. UNGA 2006 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau (the latter two are U.S. protectorates). Countries abstaining: Micronesia. Absent for vote: Ivory Coast, El Salvador, Iraq (occupied).

E. UNGA 2007 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel, Palau (population 20,842), Marshall Islands (population 61,815). The latter two are U.S. protectorates. Countries abstaining: Micronesia. Absent for vote: Albania, El Salvador and Iraq (occupied).

F. UNGA 2008 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel, Palau (population 20,842). Countries abstaining: Micronesia, Marshall Islands (population 61,815).

G. UNGA 2009 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel, Palau (population 20,842). Countries abstaining: Micronesia and Marshall Islands (population 61,815).

H. UNGA 2010 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel. Countries abstaining: Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau.

I. UNGA 2011 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel. Countries abstaining: Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau.

J. UNGA 2012 VOTE DETAILS: Against Cuba: U.S., Israel, Palau. Countries abstaining: Marshall Islands, Micronesia.

Overview  The U.S. blockade of Cuba which has been in effect for five decades has caused severe hardship and criminal injury to the island's people and economy. The measure of the damage is detailed in a report issued by Cuba to the U.N. General Assembly on September 30, 2004. The report was issued in preparation for a U.N. vote on the blockade (Resolution 58/7) that took place on 28 October 2004.

We consider it essential reading for all persons concerned with justice for Cuba and those who seek to understand both sides of the issue. It is rich in well documented facts, figures, chronologies, history, graphic accounts and analysis. For instance:

Cuba has lost some 80 billion U.S. dollars owing to this brutal policy of the United States.

It's the longest blockade in human history having survived 10 [now 11 with Obama] consecutive U.S. administrations, and is the main obstacle to the Caribbean country's economic and social development.

Cubans liken the blockade to genocide. Over a million Iraqi children died under the blockade of that country by the Clinton administration.

Seven out of 10 Cubans have been born and lived under the blockade.

In the year 2003, 179 nations voted to end the blockade and three to maintain it (see column to right for previous and subsequent votes).

It is Cuba's 13th report calling on an end to the US blockade.

Because of the length of the report we make it available in PDF and MS Word formats for viewing on screen or printing.

Download report in MS Word (222K, 67 pages)

Download report as a PDF (451K, 67 pages)

Brief excerpts from the introduction of the report entitled "The necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba"

This report devotes a long chapter to the new measures announced May 6, 2004 and to the regulations for applying these which were released on 16 June, 2004. It does this because of the great importance these have in making the blockade worse. Similarly, in six other chapters it provides a set of examples which irrefutably prove that the blockade is a monstrous creation which grievously affects the day-to-day lives of the people of Cuba.

As per paragraph (c) of article II of the Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, of 9 December 1948, the US blockade against Cuba qualifies as an act of genocide and is, therefore, a crime under international law.

The Cuban people reject the model of political and social organization that the US government is attempting to reinstall in their country with a view to re-imposing its apparatus of control and interference and to following its neoliberal recipes for reorganizing and managing the Cuban economy. Cuban men and women think that the schema the power circles in the superpower are offering them provide no solution to the problems, needs or historical interests of the Cuban nation nor to its desire to continue building a fairer, more democratic and more equal society.

Cuba trusts that an overwhelming majority of governments in the world will continue to recognize – as the peoples and honest, worthy men and women from the four corners of the earth have done – the vital importance of opposing the prolongation of an unlawful policy of hostility and unilateral aggression which is undermining the very foundations of multilateralism.

Although the Cuban people knows perfectly well that the best guarantee for its existence and development as a sovereign, independent nation lies in its will to unity, its determination to resist and conquer any threat or attack, it is sincerely grateful for the support and solidarity shown by the international community. Such support, as well as serving as moral, ethical and justified encouragement, shows that the battle it is waging today has universal importance and moves us all forward towards that common goal of building a better world, which is not only possible but essential if humanity is to survive.

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