Amnesty International joins call for US to lift Cuba embargo
WASHINGTON, United States – The United Nations vote last Friday to lift the US embargo on Cuba is a strong message to the United States President Barack Obama and Congress about the dire human rights impact of the economic embargo on ordinary Cubans, said Amnesty International.
Last week’s vote was the first regarding the US embargo since Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014.
“Claiming to be open to fostering a new kind of relation with the Cuban authorities on the one hand and maintaining an economic embargo that prevents ordinary Cubans from accessing medicines and other basic commodities on the other is a complete incongruity on the part of the USA and greatly contributes to further undermine human rights in Cuba,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
“The US Congress must listen to the loud message sent by the international community through the UN and lift an embargo that has no place in today’s world.”
A total of 191 countries voted in favour of the resolution calling on the US to lift its economic embargo against Cuba. Only the US and Israel voted against it.
This was the 24th consecutive year that the UN adopted the resolution for an end to the embargo.