Correa Calls US Blockade of Cuba Outrage against Rights

Guatemala, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa called the economic, financial and trade blockade of Cuba, maintained by the United States for more than 50 years, as the worst outrage against the human rights, the international and inter-American law.
Giving a masterly lecture in the 5th Forum of Esquipulas, the Ecuadorian president said the blockade openly does not comply with the OAS foundation chart, and recalled that he himself has been condemned 22 consecutive times at the United Nations.

He said the last condemnation of the blockade was in October, 2013, supported by 188 of the 193 UN member countries.

Correa was given an ovation repeatedly by thousands of members of the audience that followed attentively, standing or seating, his conference entitled Human Beings above Profits: A Different Economic Vision for Development.

The 51-year-old president remarked that although his country is small and has limitations, it would not accept passively the role assigned to it in this new international labor division.

In his speech, he criticized neo-dependency, neoliberalism and neocolonialism.

In this respect, he gave the example that one of the most glamorous demonstrations of neocolonialism was the Organization of American States (OAS) itself.

Why do we have to discuss our problems in Washington? The Ecuadorian head of State wondered. He was given a full applause by thousands of people that were listening to him at a hotel in the south of this capital.

He defended generating our own spaces for processing regional conflicts and asserted in that regard that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States was a great opportunity and hope.

The US blockade of Cuba has an extra-territorial nature, as Cuban representatives at the UN have expressed in several speeches at the General Assembly of that international authority.

The Cuban authorities have explained that the economic blockade has hardened the sanctions and extra-territorial persecution of citizens, institutions and companies in third countries that establish or plan to keep economic, trade, financial or technical-scientific relations with Cuba.

Most Cubans have been born after the implementation of that measure, which has had a deep impact on the Cuban economy and the food, health and transportation of the island’s citizens.

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