Cuba denounces negative effect of unilateral coercive measures

United Nations, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Unilateral coercive measures today have a serious humanitarian and socioeconomic effect on the countries that suffer them, and prevent the effective response of developing nations to the Covid-19, Cuba denounced at the UN.

Cuba’s Permanent alternate representative at United Nations, Ana Silvia Rodriguez, highlighted in a virtual session of the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) how these measures obstruct the capacity of states to acquire essential medical equipment and supplies against the epidemic.

Such resources are vital for guaranteeing the peoples’ rights to life and health, she stressed.

The Ambassador explained that unilateral coercive measures violate international law and the UN Charter, and are also against human rights such as the right to food, which is especially relevant in the current global context.

Furthermore, she noted that such coercive mechanisms hamper and hinder the capacity of the multilateral agency system to support the effective implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework and the work of the UN Country Team on the ground.

The Covid-19 pandemic enhances the importance of a repositioned United Nations development system that can better support developing territories and promote the goals of Agenda 2030, with full respect for sovereignty, independence, ownership and national leadership, the Cuban diplomat said.

The immediate and longer-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will reverse many of the hard-won development gains of the past decades, she said in Ecosoc virtual meeting the day before.

For more than 60 years, the United States has maintained a blockade against Cuba that is far from being relaxed; it is intensifying at this time of global health crisis and has prevented the arrival on the island of the equipment and medicines necessary to put an end to Covid-19, as Havana government recently denounced.


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Cuban doctors share what they have and not what is left over

Havana, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban medical collaboration currently confirms the humanistic values of this initiative of Fidel Castro, said Cristina Luna Morales, lawmaker to the National Assembly (Parliament) and physician of the Caribbean island.

During an interview published by the official website of the Cuban Parliament, Luna Morales, who is also the president of the Permanent Commission on Health and Sports, highlighted the work carried out by health professionals who join efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic in over 20 countries.

They are doctors, nurses and other health professionals who, every day, regardless of the risk they are facing, are capable of giving everything for those in need, in this case those patients with the virus, she said.

The parliamentarian also praised the strategy by the Cuban Government to curb the spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, causing the Covid-19 disease.

The legislators of the Health and Sports Commission are currently linked to the Defense Councils of their territories of residence, where they obtain information on compliance with the measures established by health authorities to fight the pandemic.


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Hygiene material shipment for Cuban hospitals praised in Brazil

Brasilia, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples – Brazil Chapter praised on Wednesday the initiative of the Brazil-Cuba Business Chamber and friends for sending cleaning and hygiene products to hospitals in Cuba.

It reiterates that Brazilians working in solidarity committees with the island are grateful to those who sent these products to help Cuban health centers.

It points out that Cuba continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and with its limited resources contributes, with the renowned Henry Reeve Internationalist Brigade contingent, to dozens of other countries suffering from the disease.

This week, the Writers’ Union of the State of Sao Paulo considered it a necessary demonstration of justice to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban medical brigades Henry Reeve for their work in disasters and epidemics in the world.

The association supports the proposal to award this distinction for the remarkable humanitarian and voluntary work carried out by these contingents of professionals since 2005.

The union highlights that, currently, under a devastating economic blockade by the United States against Cuba, the Henry Reeve fights the Covid-19 in 24 countries with 26 medical brigades and thousands of professionals.

Presented on April 28 by the associations Cuba Linda and France Cuba, the Nobel initiative receives support from solidarity groups, political forces and unions in different countries and from Internet users on social networks.


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EU’s Alleged Humanitarian Aid Is a Fraud, Venezuela Holds

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Caracas, Venezuela, 2019.

Claiming that the Bolivarian health system is collapsed, some international actors seek to legitimize new attempts at interference in Venezuela.

May 27 (teleSUR) Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Jorge Arreaza pointed out that the U.S. and the European Union (EU) are using both the return of migrants and humanitarian aid as pretexts to generate pseudo-news to affect the international image of the Bolivarian Health System and hide the failure of the mercenary incursion that occurred on May 3

“Venezuela deplores the fact that a group of governments calling themselves donors organize fraudulent shows aimed at supposedly serving our migrant population. An ideology-biased event to attack the Bolivarian Government and hide external aggressions and interference,” Arreaza tweeted.

Previously, claiming that the Venezuelan health system is collapsed, the Spanish government and the European Union called a video conference that was supposedly aimed at obtaining financial resources for Venezuelans who are returning to their country.

Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement pointing out that those actions are a “fraudulent spectacle” that aims to deceive the international community to legitimize interventionist actions through precarious promises of humanitarian aid delivery.

It is a makeup act hiding EU’s subordination to the “regime change policy” through which Washington causes “damage and suffering in Venezuela”, the Foreign Affairs Ministry denounced.​

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro confirmed that his country’s health system guarantees free health care to all COVID-19 patients to preserve human life.

“While in other countries health is a commodity, it is a human right in Venezuela. For this reason, we guarantee free health care for each COVID-19 case and we are the Latin American country with the most diagnostic tests carried out per million inhabitants,” he tweeted.

So far, the Bolivarian health authorities had carried out 865,367 COVID-19 tests, which is equivalent to 28,846 tests per million inhabitants.

In this South American country, controls for detecting COVID-19 positives take place “home by home” through visits carried out by the Health Ministry’s specialized personnel and Cuban doctors.

As of Wednesday morning, Venezuela had reported 1,211 positive cases, 11 deaths, and 302 recovered patients.

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Statement of Syrian-Cuban Parliamentary Friendship Committee

Damascus, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian-Cuban Parliamentary Friendship Committee issued on Wednesday a statement on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of deep-rooted historical relations between the two countries in the fight against imperialism.

We reaffirm our ‘condemnation of the blockade and unilateral sanctions against the Republic of Cuba, at a time when the world is living under the weight of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis,’ the document states

Likewise, the statement denounces ‘aggressive policies against Cuba and the world in general, which aim to interfere in the internal affairs of each country to take sovereignty, integrity and independence away from them.’

The statement also ratifies ‘the need for the two countries to work to continue collaborating in the different parliamentary, political, economic and popular spheres at the service of the interests of the two peoples.’

In that sense, it highlights such aims ‘especially in this year in which the 55th anniversary of the establishment of relations between the two countries is celebrated.’


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The Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded to the Cuban Henry Reeve Brigade

May 26, 2020

COHA supports this campaign to award the Nobel Prize to the Cuban Henry Reeve Brigade, due to its valuable contribution to the well-being and healthcare of millions of people. We publish this statement prepared by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.

By The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity calls on the friends of Cuba and advocates of mutual assistance among nations to support the nomination of the “Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics” for the Nobel Peace Prize for its significant contribution to humanity in the face of the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus.

More than 1,500 Cuban health professionals, doctors, specialists and nurses were requested by 23 countries in Europe, Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Latin America and the Caribbean to help them in this global crisis and are now working in those countries.

Other requests for cooperation are underway, constituting the only international medical contingent to provide a scientific and humanitarian response to the pandemic on a global scale.

The medical cooperation that took place in Pakistan and Haiti after the devastating earthquakes, and the extraordinary success in the face of major epidemics such as Ebola in Africa demonstrates their outstanding medical-scientific training, the capacity and experience to save lives in situations of natural disasters and serious epidemics, and underscores their great values of altruism, solidarity and humanism. “The Henry Reeve Brigade has spread a message of hope throughout the world. Its 7,400 volunteer health professionals have treated more than 3.5 million people in 21 countries in the face of the worst disasters and epidemics of the last decade,” said the World Health Organization when it presented the Dr Lee Jong-wook Public Health Award at a ceremony for them in Geneva in May 2017 during the 70th World Health Assembly.

The initiative to nominate the Henry Reeve Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize, that has appeared in social networks since March, has taken shape in groups of friendship and solidarity with Cuba such as the Association Cuba Linda, the Association France-Cuba and Cuba Cooperation of France; the Circle of Granma in Italy; the page created in the social network Facebook, on behalf of the Greek solidarity groups by the outstanding friend of Cuba Velisarios Kossivakis, under the name “Nobel Prize for the Doctors of Cuba”, which has more than 13 thousand endorsers in Greece and tens of thousands of messages and interactions; the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity of Brazil; Cubanismo of Belgium; the Movement of Solidarity and Mutual Friendship Venezuela-Cuba; Australia-Cuba Friendship Society, ACFS WA branch; the Association of Latin American Arab Solidarity José Martí of Lebanon; and Madres Sabias of Spain. 

They are joined by solidarity groups in the US, such as the Network in Defense of Humanity – US Chapter; the National Network on Cuba (NNOC); IFCO/ Pastors for Peace; Code Pink and the US Chapter of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.

We ask the community to strengthen the bonds between all of us to work in unity of action and achieve the nomination of the Cuban International Medical Brigade “Henry Reeve” for the Nobel Peace Prize.

While the US intensifies the blockade, it prevents Cuba from even acquiring the health supplies required to face the pandemic and puts pressure on other countries by launching a campaign of lies and slander against Cuban doctors.

The rhetoric of hatred, expressed by US President Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo and servile OAS Secretary Luis Almagro, seems to have no end. Recently an additional two million dollars has been allocated to the USAID to attack Cuban medical collaboration. “Instead of wasting money on aggressions against international cooperation and the health of the people, the U.S. government should focus on preventing the illness and death of its citizens in the face of Covid-19,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said on Twitter.

In August 2019, to serve this same purpose, USAID, which provides resources to subversive programs against the Cuban government, allocated three million dollars. In less than a year, they have directed at least $5 million taken from the pockets of American taxpayers to destabilize a program aimed exclusively at  providing health care to those who need it most, during this current pandemic, especially the countries of the Third World.

The small and besieged Cuba continues its heroic resistance, leaving no one behind, preserving its social conquests, its sovereignty and independence. Faithful to its principles of internationalism and cooperation, as recently expressed before the NAM summit by Cuban President Miguel Díaz Canel.

Cuba and its doctors are giving the greatest example of giving solidarity and love to the world.

The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity is a network of concerned individuals from several countries of Europe, Latin America and North America who are dedicated to help defend the sovereignty of developing nations. Formerly named “International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5”. Its main objective is to raise awareness among the people of the United States regarding the effects of the US blockade against the Cuban people. More information here

[Credit photo: Granma]

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US must take care of its citizens, instead of attacking Cuba

Havana, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said this Wednesday that the U.S. government must address the impact of Covid-19 on its citizens, rather than attacking Cuban medical cooperation.

On Twitter, the Foreign Minister said that while the U.S. administration is attacking Cuba’s international collaboration, he seems to consider the death of 100,000 Americans acceptable.

Rodriguez noted that prestigious experts in that country say that with adequate and timely measures, a third or half of those people who lost their lives to the pandemic would have been saved.

According to World Health Organization statistics, as of May 26, the United States had the highest number of confirmed cases of the disease, with more than 1.6 million.

It is also the country with the highest number of deaths, 96,909 since the presence of SARS CoV-2 was reported in that territory.


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Ambassador to UN highlights ties between Cuba and Africa

Ambassador to UN highlights ties between Cuba and Africa

United Nations,  (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s relationship with Africa is genetic: that region’s blood, culture and spirituality helped shape the island’s nationality, said here today Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations Ana Silvia Rodriguez.

The diplomat, who joined the celebration messages for Africa Day through her official Twitter account, recalled the ties of friendship and brotherhood that unite Cuba with Africa, their shared history and culture.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also used Twitter to highlight the links between their country and Africa.

According to a statement by the president of the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo, links with the African continent are essential for the history and culture of his country.

‘The African heritage is the heart of our culture, our beliefs and our customs,’ added the Cuban leader.

Lazo recalled African descendants’ contribution to the struggles for Cuba’s independence and the interest of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in giving back to the continent.


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Third Iranian Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Waters

FANB patrols have escorted the tankers, as a protection against U.S. threats
FANB patrols have escorted the tankers, as a protection against U.S. threats | Photo: Twitter/@madeleintlSUR

Meanwhile, the Faxon and Clavel are crossing the Atlantic Ocean to reach Venezuela in the next hours.

May 26 9teleSUR) The Iranian-flagged tanker Petunia arrived in Venezuela’s jurisdictional waters Tuesday, escorted by the oceanic patrol Yekuana PO13 of the Bolivarian National Armed Force FANB.

The Petunia becomes the third Iranian-flagged tanker that has already reached Venezuelan territory as part of the energy cooperation agreements between these two nations. 

The vessel carries near to 50,000 tons of gasoline and related products, destined to restart the oil production in the South-America nation.

Although the refinery network of the state-owned oil company PDVSA has the capacity to process 1.3 million barrels of fuel per day (BPD), the coercive and unilateral measures imposed by the United States government have stopped the production severely, inducing a massive fuel deficit.

Now, two other tankers,  the Faxon and Clavel are crossing the Atlantic Ocean in order to reach Venezuela, and are scheduled to arrive between May 27 and June 1.

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Friends in Saint Lucia support Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban doctors

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Castries, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The Saint Lucia-Cuba Humanistic Association of Solidarity expressed its support for the proposal to grant the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban medical personnel who are fighting Covid-19.

On its Twitter account, the Cuban Embassy in Saint Lucia noted the friends’ support for the international campaign that proposes the Henry Reeve Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize, as an acknowledgement of its effort in the fight against the pandemic.

The declaration issued by the Association describes as invaluable the work of the Cuban health professionals who make up the collaboration contingent and contribute to the wellbeing of people in situations of disaster and epidemic emergencies.

The group acknowledged the care and medical interventions in needy countries and communities, demonstrating that health can be established in a definite and permanent manner worldwide, as an inalienable right.

In the communiqué, the association of friends highlighted Cuba’s strengths to overcome the obstacles of the US-imposed blockade and save millions of lives all over the world.

The group expressed pride for supporting the initiative and ratified the values of brotherhood and solidarity that have united the two countries.

On March 27, 113 members of the Henry Reeve Brigade arrived in Saint Lucia, and after 14 days of preventive quarantine, they are treating Covid-19 patients.

Medical cooperation between Cuba and Saint Lucia started in February, 19 years ago, as an expression of more than four decades of diplomatic relations.


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