United Nations, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) UN Independent Experts on Human Rights warned today that unilateral sanctions such as the US blockade against Cuba play with people”s lives, lack logic and must cease.
The Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on the exercise of human rights, Idriss Jazairy, told Prensa Latina that dialogue and negotiation are the way to resolve differences, not punishments such as the ones the inhabitants of the island have suffered for more than half a century.
Jazairy recalled that the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, began a process aimed at lifting the economic, commercial and financial siege, in line with the advances in bilateral relations with Cuba, but the situation seems to return to the past, with the arrival at the White House of Donald Trump.
Trump announced in June his decision to reverse the progress in the Havana-Washington ties and to intensify the blockade, despite worldwide repudiation of that measure, manifested since 1992 at the UN General Assembly, where a resolution that requires its removal has been categorically adopted.
By its part, Alfred de Zayas, independent expert for the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, assured Prensa Latina a complete coincidence with what Jazairy expressed.
According to the American jurist, these actions are incompatible with the obligations of governments in the field of human rights, especially because they violate the right to life.
When a patient cannot receive a medicine for this type of unilateral coercive measures and the person dies, the country that applies them is responsible, de Zayas said, who defended the compensation of those affected when such cases take place.