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Russia denounces long-time US blockade against Cuba as violation of human rights

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This image shows a Cuban charcoal producer carrying wood in San Agustin, Cienaga de Zapata National Park, Matanzas province, Cuba, on June 15, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

The Russian Foreign Ministry has denounced the decades-long US embargo against Cuba as a violation of both international law and the human rights of Cubans. 

In a statement posted on its website on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the restrictive measures that the White House has maintained against Cuba for more than 60 years have a hostile character and constitute a human rights violation, according to a report by Prensa Latina.

The economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba has been described by experts as an act of economic warfare.

Numerous resolutions passed by the United Nations General Assembly have indicated that the blockade is against international law.

The US has recently further tightened the illegal blockade against the Caribbean nation under the pretext of fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

Cuba has reiterated that the US embargo, which is impeding the country’s ability to purchase equipment and other supplies to deal with COVID-19, is making the pandemic even worse.

In its release, the Russian Foreign Ministry also pointed to an increase in human rights violations inside the United States, citing racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination. It said these violations were systematically being overlooked by the authorities.

The report added that, in particular, African Americans and citizens with Asian and Hispanic roots were constantly being discriminated against, especially by law enforcement, the criminal justice and healthcare systems. 

The Russian ministry also drew attention to various reports by human rights groups that have sounded the alarm about the worsening rights situation in the US during the pandemic.


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