Neither solidarity nor freedom for Cuba promotes Helms-Burton Act

Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Although its name is the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, neither one nor the other promote the US law known as the Helms-Burton Act, which turns 25 on March 12.

The measures implemented against foreign companies and individuals for the sole fact of trading with Cuba, the lawsuits established under that law and the pressures to avoid foreign investment in Cuba, confirm its aggressive and extraterritorial nature.

Signed in 1996 by US President William Clinton (1993-2001), the Helms-Burton Act has been, since its inception, a brutal and illegal mechanism that tries to suffocate the Cuban economy and damages third countries in that process, as the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced.

The proposal by Congressmen Jesse Helms and Dan Burton thus becomes contrary to international law, since its four titles point to an internationalization of the economic blockade the United States has maintained over Cuba for almost six decades.

Close to completing two years of its activation on May 2, 2019, Title III of the Helms-Burton Act is perhaps the most vivid example of that purpose, by allowing the establishment of lawsuits in US courts against those who carry out transactions with US properties nationalized in Cuba.

In 25 years, the Helms-Burton Act has been rejected by the international community, expressed in statements by the Non-Aligned Movement, the Community of Caribbean States, and several European Union nations, among others.

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