Geneva, March 3 (Agencies) Cuba’s permanent representative to the UN-Geneva, Juan Antonio Quintanilla, reiterated the island’s decision to maintain the path sovereignly chosen by its people, despite aggressions such as the US blockade.
«We will never give up on continuing to build our socialist State of law and social justice, democratic, independent and sovereign, organized with everyone and for the good of all,» Quintanilla said at the 49th session of the Human Rights Council.
The ambassador stressed at the Palace of Nations that this is the decision of the Cuban people, made more than 60 years ago and ratified in 2019 in a constitutional referendum.
According to Quintanilla, nothing will change this position, alluding to the intensification by the US of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, and its most recent destabilization plans.
The blockade constitutes the most flagrant and massive violation of the human rights of an entire people and the main obstacle to its economic and social development, he warned.
In his speech, the diplomat denounced Washington’s opportunism, taking advantage of the global Covid-19 pandemic to intensify its siege.
More than 240 hostile measures were adopted by the Donald Trump administration (2017-2021), dozens of them in the midst of a health crisis, all maintained by his successor in the White House, Joseph Biden.
«The cruelty of the blockade reached levels never seen before. Not only did it hinder donations to Cuba to face the pandemic, but it also tried to hinder the development of our vaccines and access to medicines and basic supplies,» he detailed.
Quintanilla insisted that Cuba continues to advance in the midst of Washington’s efforts of more than six decades to cause economic scarcity and deteriorate the population’s standard of living, with the purpose of sowing chaos and despair as weapons to overthrow the government.
Despite this, Cuba is the first country in the region and in the South with three of its own vaccines against Covid-19 and the first in the world to immunize its population between the ages of two and 18, he noted.
Likewise, the ambassador highlighted the island’s solidarity at the Human Rights Council, and in particular the sending of almost 60 medical brigades from the Henry Reeve International Contingent to 41 countries and territories hit by the pandemic.
He also highlighted that the Antillean nation continues to strengthen its legal-institutional framework for the protection and promotion of all human rights, guided by the Constitution of the Republic.
The implementation of the National Program for the Advancement of Women, the National Program against Racism and Racial Discrimination and the new Family Code, which Cubans are debating these days, are concrete examples, he stated.