Brazil-Cuba Parliamentary Group Condemned U.S. Blockade

Brasilia, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) The Brazil-Cuba Parliamentary Group at the National Congress today expressed here its deep condemnation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed almost 60 years ago to the island by the U.S. government.

Unfortunately, the infamous siege has worsened during the current government of Donald Trump, and this is the major obstacle for the economic development and welfare of the Cuban people, says the statement signed by Senator Lidice da Mata, of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB).

The text lists some of the restrictive measures adopted by the Trump government against Cuba and cites among them the prohibition of economic, commercial and financial transactions of U.S. companies and entities with Cuban companies and entities linked to the Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior.

In addition, the elimination of individual trips under the ‘people-to-people exchange’, and the strict application, through enhanced surveillance, of the prohibition to travel to Cuba outside the framework of the 12 categories authorized by the North American law, which exclude those made for tourism purposes.

Trump said that the United States will be opposed to the claims in favor of lifting the blockade from the UN and other international forums, in defiance of the clamor of the majority of world public opinion and large sectors of the American civil society itself, the document states.

The declaration of the Brazil-Cuba Parliamentary Group also emphasizes that the damages caused by the blockade for almost six decades -described as an act of genocide by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, signed in 1948- reaches $822,2 billion USD.

The worsening of the blockade goes against the statements made by members of the U.S. Congress -including Republicans-, the business class, sectors of the press and public opinion, which support a beneficial relationship for both peoples and governments in the most diverse spheres of the economic and social life, the text says.

Finally, the manifesto of the Brazilian parliamentarians urges the U.S. government to ‘comply with the 25 resolutions adopted by the international community at the UN General Assembly, by means of which the Member States request to put an end to this useless and inhuman policy.’

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