Geneva, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador Juan Antonio Quintanilla on Wednesday described the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the country as genocidal and criminal, on speaking at a forum of the UN Human Rights Council.
In a session dedicated to the prevention of genocide, the diplomat affirmed that the blockade against his country for six decades, constitutes a crime of that nature, based on the provisions of the 1948 Convention, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
The blockade violates in a massive, flagrant and systematic manner the human rights of Cubans, and qualifies as an act of genocide according to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, noted the permanent representative of Cuba to the UN in Geneva and other international organizations headquartered in Switzerland.
According to Quintanilla, Washington’s policy is also an obstacle for the socio-economic development of his country and for international cooperation in all areas, including humanitarian ones.
‘The blockade has tightened to unprecedented levels amid the Covid-19 pandemic, thus reinforcing its criminal and genocidal nature,’ he denounced.
Under the Trump administration (2017-2021), the United States implemented over 230 measures aimed at tightening the blockade, among those the incorporation of Cuba to the unilateral list of ‘countries that promote terrorism,’ decreed just days before the end of the real estate magnate’s term in the White House.