Diaz-Canel highlights childhood protection programs in Cuba

Havana, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday highlighted his country’s child protection programs against any kind of exploitation, a principle established in the national legal system.

On his Twitter account, the president said that the prohibition of child labor is one of the elements of the right to employment in Cuba and added that the State guarantees the protection of minors and their interests, according to international law and commitments.

On the World Day against Child Labor, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also ratified on Twitter that of the 160 million children who are engaged in a kind of work activity, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), none is Cuban.

The foreign minister added that the high level of education of the Cuban population and the assistance to families guarantee childhood security.

Recently, UNICEF and the International Labor Organization (ILO) issued a report in which they warned that child labor cases rose by 8.4 million in the past four years, and at present 160 million of children are engaged in a kind of work activity.

The situation has worsened due the Covid-19 pandemic, the document indicates, and it highlights that progress to eradicate this problem was stalled for the first time in 20 years.

The text also stresses the growing number of children from 5 to 11 years of age who are engaged in child labor, which is slightly more than half of the total.

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Puebla Group calls to respect electoral result in Peru

Buenos Aires, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The Puebla Group congratulated candidate from the Free Peru (Peru Libre) party, Pedro Castillo, over his electoral victory and called to respect that people’s will shown at the polls.

In a statement, the progressive alliance, of which two incumbent presidents are members, several former presidents and personalities from 17 countries, called on representatives from all Peruvian institutions to fully respect the people’s vote.

It also noted that in the climate of polarization in which the election was held, it is imperative that all political and institutional players accept the election results, and any kind of plans or calls to future democratic destabilizations must be dropped down.

In the last few hours, the Free Peru candidate described a measure from the National Election Jury (JNE) that helps his rival Keiko Fujimori’s efforts to reverse his victory at the polls, as illegal.

‘If it is true that the JNE intends to extend the deadline to present nullities of ballots, it would be violating the electoral order,’ the rural teacher, who was the frontrunner of the official vote count of the runoff, said.

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US defeat on Cuba at the UN anticipated

Washington, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Analysts are political commentators have continued to anticipate that the United States will receive a diplomatic defeat at the United Nations on June 23 regarding its hostile policy towards Cuba.

In recent weeks, in addition to prestigious experts such as academician William LeoGrande, social and political movements from all over the world have stepped up their demands for US President Joe Biden to stop being Donald Trump (his predecessor) in his policy towards the island.

The issue was addressed this week by the CNN network in a commentary by Jorge Davila Miguel, political analyst and columnist for the network, who anticipated the failure of the US policy.

This has been the case since 1992 when Havana first presented the Draft Resolution against the US blockade of Cuba, which only two countries regularly voted against: the United States and Israel.

In 2016, under President Barack Obama’s policy of compromise, Washington even abstained from voting against it along with Israel. That year Cuba had its most flamboyant victory, with 191 countries condemning the US embargo, Dávila pointed out.

However, he added, in 2017 Donald Trump was already president and became the most aggressive against the island, with the exception of John F. Kennedy who sent in 1961 the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.

Trump sponsored 240 measures against the Cuban people according to an Oxfam report, crowning them in his last week when he put it back on the list of state sponsoring terrorism.

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French presidential candidate asks to end blockade against Cuba

Paris, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) Fabien Roussel, National Secretary of the French Communist Party, on Friday considered urgent to end the United States economic blockade against Cuba, which is worsening its effects due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the communist leader asked ‘France and the European Union to support the next United Nations resolution, which for almost 30 years has demanded the definitive lifting of the inhumane and inadmissible blockade against the Cuban people.’

He said he was confident that this vote at the United Nations General Assembly on June 23 ‘will be widely supported and respected by all countries worldwide,’ so that ‘US President Joe Biden can also commit to this subject.’

According to Roussel, ‘it is necessary to end this policy of sanctions against the peoples and resort to peace, cooperation and exchanges, to especially face up this pandemic and each country can save the greatest number of lives’, he said.

Amid the difficulties worsened by the US blockade, ‘Cuba has begun to vaccinate its entire population, but due to restrictions, it has had to resort to the solidarity movement to obtain, for example, syringes,’ the candidate added.

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US blockade causes Cuba millions of dollars in losses to industries

Havana, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) The impact of the US blockade against Cuba caused losses to its industrial sector amounting to 31.1 million dollars from April to December 2020, an authorized source explained on Friday.

At a press conference, Ana Cabrera, deputy director general of Industrial Management of the Cuban Ministry of Industries (MINDUS), set out the need to contextualize the effects of the US economic, financial and commercial blockade in the midst of the world economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cabrera added that in spite of the downturn of 64,369,800 dollars with respect to the previous period, the losses are significant because they occurred due to the decrease in the levels of business and commercial activity on account of the negative Covid-19 impact on the global economy.

One of the main effects on MINDUS is concentrated in lost incomes from exports of goods and services with some 672,300 dollars, she noted.

Another element of high impact was the geographical relocation -prices, freight and insurance, inventories-, she said, with losses of some 10,827,700 dollars, having to move to distant markets including an additional cost to foreign trade operations with an immediate effect on the product’s cost.

There were also monetary and financial losses, amounting to some 19,659,000 dollars caused by the impossibility of carrying out commercial transactions in dollars, along with the additional costs of having to use financial intermediaries to be able to exchange currencies.

From the banking point of view, contracts have even been paralyzed due to not being able to use the banking entities provided for, she exemplified.

There are also limitations in terms of access to technology, spare parts because they come from markets vetoed for Cubans, in addition to the difficulties to use computer platforms because they are blocked to Cuba.

However, the US blockade not only affects Cubans but also US entrepreneurs who have shown interest in doing business and having a presence on Cuba, she said.

An issue demonstrated after the announcement of the reestablishment of relations between the two nations in 2017, under former President Barack Obama, over 30 institutions and entrepreneurs approached Cuban industries in order to agree on joint business, training actions or development of some specific project, Cabrera said.

She added that, in view of this scenario, a productive transformation is necessary to strengthen Cuban industry and meet the demand of strategic sectors.

That is why, the increase in efficiency and effectiveness of the productive processes is also decisive, she pointed out.

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Coercive measures hinder anti-Covid vaccination in Venezuela

Caracas, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) The United States economic blockade reduces to a minimum Venezuela’s access to vaccines against Covid-19 by hindering the regular channels to pay for those supplies, a specialized source said on Friday.

Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez denounced the blocking of four transfers totaling 10 million dollars in a Swiss bank, under the pretext of an alleged investigation into the funds, which were aimed at honoring the commitments made by the country to the Covax mechanism for global access to the vaccines.

These actions show that the attack on Venezuela by those who manage and apply the so-called sanctions will not cease under any circumstances, according to a report by the Samuel Robinson Institute.

According to the report from the Caracas-based study center for Original Thought, the false narrative about the scope of the coercive measures, which do affect the acquisition of medicines and medical supplies, was once again made evident.

Likewise, he stressed the criminal nature of the punitive actions, which threaten the economic and financial stability and prevent the normal development of the life of the sanctioned country.

‘Venezuela was excluded from the international financial system and has been the victim of aggression by this predatory policy against the enforcement of human rights in our country’, said Vice-Minister Delcy Rodriguez the day before.

With the aim of completing the protection of at least 70 percent of Venezuelans this year, the Bolivarian Executive intensified the immunization campaign last week, after the recent arrival in the country of 1.3 million doses from China and another shipment from Russia.

Venezuela also expects the arrival in July of the first five million vaccines through Covax, in parallel with the agreements established with the Russian and Chinese governments, as well as Cuba, for the acquisition and production of antigens developed against the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.

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China ratifies support for Cuba’s fight against US blockade

Beijing, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) A senior Chinese leader on Friday ratified his country’s unwavering support for Cuba’s demand to immediately end the US economic, financial and commercial blockade, which has been in force for more than half a century.

Wan Chen, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (Parliament), also noted the condemnation of the US hostile policy, when he received Cuba’s ambassador, Carlos Miguel Pereira.

The leader emphasized that the blockade had a ‘serious impact on the normal development of Cuban society,’ expressing full support to the people’s fight for the end of the blockade, whose tightening causes damage in all areas of the socioeconomic life of Cuba.

Wang remarked the historic and proven friendship between the two nations, underscoring the high level of political dialogue, and highlighted the legacy of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and Raul Castro in the construction of socialism.

Among other issues, he thanked Cuba for its support to China on issues of sovereignty, national security and human rights, and noted the joint fight against aggressions and abuses by the US government.

In turn, Ambassador Pereira expressed gratitude for China’s support in condemning the US blockade and reaffirmed Havana’s rejection of the politicization of human rights here and the unfounded campaigns to discredit this nation.

He conveyed the greetings of the vice president of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba, Ana Maria Mari Machado, and her willingness to further strengthen bilateral ties in legislative matters.

Likewise, the diplomat expressed willingness to work in conjunction in the consensus reached by the presidents of both States, especially in the deepening of economic relations and cooperation.

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Russian Foreign Ministry rejects US policy towards Cuba

Russian Foreign Ministry rejects US policy towards Cuba

Moscow, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reiterated its rejection to the tightening of the policy the United States currently maintains against Cuba and its inclusion in the unilateral list of countries that do not cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

The decision was described as a new Washington’s hostile act towards the Caribbean nation, ‘a reflection of a politically motivated cynicism,’ Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in statements offered on Thursday.

The diplomat reaffirmed Russia’s ‘categorical’ condemnation to any expression of sanctions that violate the United Nations Charter and international regulations.

On June 2, the Council of the Russian Federation (Senate) approved a statement condemning the United States blockade against the Caribbean nation and made a call for international solidarity in favor of Cuba.

The document demanded to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial siege imposed by Washington against Cuba for 60 years, Parliament’s official website informed.

The Council of the Russian Federation drew attention to the fact that 28 resolutions of the UN General Assembly about the necessity to put an end to the blockade of the United States against Cuba were adopted by the overwhelming majority of UN State members.

In the last few days, the State Duma (Lower House) submitted a draft declaration requesting the UN General Assembly and the parliaments of its country members to speak out against the US blockade.

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Cuba denounces unequal distribution of vaccines against Covid-19

Cuba denounces unequal distribution of vaccines against Covid-19

Havana, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Thursday denounced that the unequal distribution of vaccines in the world challenges the efforts to overcome the complex scenario generated by Covid-19.

On his Twitter account, Cuba’s FM affirmed that in this context, the nations of the South face the situation in worse conditions.

Likewise, the minister pointed out that according to the International Monetary Fund, high-income countries, which concentrate 16 percent of the population, acquired 50 percent of the immunizing drugs against Covid-19 in advance.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Covid-19 pandemic will not be overcome until 70 percent of the global population is fully vaccinated.

People will continue to die as long as the imbalance in the distribution of vaccines persists, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently assured.

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European Union asked to reject strongly blockade against Cuba

European Union asked to reject strongly blockade against Cuba

Brussels, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) The Group of Friendship and Solidarity with Cuba at the European Parliament called on the European Union to reject strongly the U.S. blockade against Cuba and its impact on human rights.

The group issued a statement reacting to a new maneuver promoted by right-wing EU deputies in order to accuse Cuba of violating human rights, which was debated on Tuesday and will be voted on on Thursday.

The solidarity group considers regrettable the fact that the Plenum of the European Parliament hold this pointless debate, spearheaded by representatives of Spain’s right and far-right from Partido Popular, Ciudadanos and Vox, with the sole purpose of torpedoing the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation between the EU and Cuba.

The fact that the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, did not pronounce himself two days at the forum ago on the lifting of the blockade, removing Cuba from the list of States Promoters of Terrorism and the suspension of Titles III and IV of the Helms-Burton Act, was also questioned by the group.

The U.S. blockade has been repudiated 28 times in the past at the UN General Assembly, and the draft of a resolution on the need to end it is slated to be analyzed on June 23rd.

As for the anti-Cuban crusade at the Eurochamber, the friendship group underlined Cuba’s solidarity in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic by sending thousands of medical personnel to some 40 countries hit by the health crisis.

The Group also criticized the obsessive and constant talks on alleged human rights violations by the Cuban government, ignoring that the topic is a subject of discussion and formal dialogue as part of an agreement between Brussels and Havana.

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