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June 16, 2017
Declaration of the revolutionary government of Cuba in response to the president of the United States. in CUBADEBATE, 16 June 2017 i
Declaration of the revolutionary government Posted on 16 June 2017 in news Published by: Cubadebate
On June 16, 2017, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, in a speech loaded with hostile rhetoric, which recalling the times of open confrontation with our country, pronounced in a Miami Theater, announced The policy of his government towards Cuba that reverses progress in the past two years, after 17 December 2014 Presidents Raúl Castro Ruz and Barack Obama announced the decision to re-establish diplomatic relations and start a Process towards normalization of bilateral ties.
In what constitutes a step backwards in relations between the two countries, trump gave a speech and signed in the act a policy directive called "Presidential Memorandum of national security on the strengthening of United States policy towards Cuba" Elimination of educational exchanges "people to people" on an individual basis and greater control of American travelers to Cuba, as well as the prohibition of economic, commercial and financial transactions by American companies with Cuban companies linked to the revolutionary armed forces and the Intelligence and security services, all with the intended objective of depriving us of revenue. The United States President justified this policy with alleged concerns about the situation of human rights in Cuba and the need to rigorously enforce the laws of the blockade, making it conditional on its lifting, and any improvement in bilateral relations, to ensure that our country makes changes inherent to His Constitutional order.
Trump also repealed the presidential policy directive "Normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba", issued by President Obama on 14 October 2016, which though he did not conceal the character of American policy , nor the objective of advancing their interests in the pursuit of changes in the economic, political and social order of our country, had recognized the independence, sovereignty and self-determination of Cuba and the Cuban government as a legitimate and equal partner, so Like the benefits of both countries and peoples, a relationship of civilized coexistence within the vast differences between the two governments. He also admitted that the blockade was an obsolete policy and that it should be eliminated.
Once again, the United States government uses coercive methods of the past, by adopting measures to increase the embargo, in force since February 1962, which not only causes damage and deprivation to the Cuban people and constitutes an undeniable obstacle to the development of our Economy, but it also affects the sovereignty and interests of other countries, rejecting international rejection.
The announced measures impose additional constraints on the very limited opportunities that the American business sector had to trade and invest in Cuba.
In Turn, they further restrict the right of American citizens to visit our country, which is already limited by the obligation to use discriminatory-licences, at a time when the United States Congress, reflecting the feeling of broad sectors of that Society, claims not only to end the travel ban, but also to eliminate restrictions on trade with Cuba.
President Trump's announcements contradict the majority support of American public opinion, including that of Cuban emigration in that country, the total lifting of the blockade and the normal relations between Cuba and the United States.
Instead, the us President, again ill-advised, takes decisions that favour the political interests of an extremist minority of Cuban origin of the state of Florida, who for petty reasons do not desist from his claim to punish Cuba and his people, To exercise the legitimate and sovereign right to be free and to take the reins of its own destiny.
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The Government of Cuba denounces the new measures to tighten the blockade, which are intended to fail as has been repeatedly demonstrated in the past, and that they will not achieve their purpose to weaken the revolution or to defeat the Cuban people, whose resistance to the aggression of Any type and origin has been tested over nearly six decades.
The Government of Cuba rejects political manipulation and double standards in the treatment of human rights. The Cuban people enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms, and exhibits achievements of those who are proud and who are a chimera for many countries of the world, including the United States itself, such as the right to health, education, social security , equal pay for equal work, the rights of children, and the right to food, peace and development. With its modest resources, Cuba has also contributed to the improvement of human rights in many parts of the world, despite the constraints imposed on it by its status as a blocked country.
The United States is not in a position to give us lessons. We have serious concerns about the respect and guarantees of human rights in that country, where there are numerous cases of murder, brutality and police abuse, particularly against the African-American population; the right to life is violated as a result of arms deaths Of fire; child labour is exploited and there are serious manifestations of racial discrimination; it is threatened to impose more restrictions on health services, which would leave 23 million people without health insurance; there is wage inequality between men and women; Migrants and refugees are marginalized, particularly those from Islamic countries; it is intended to lift walls that denigrate neighbours; and the international commitments to preserve the environment and face climate change are abandoned.
Similarly, the human rights violations committed by the United States in other countries, including arbitrary arrests of dozens of prisoners in the territory illegally occupied by the guantánamo naval base in Cuba, where they have even been tortured; Extrajudicial executions and civilian deaths caused by bombs and the use of drones; and wars unleashed against various countries such as Iraq, based on lies about the possession of weapons of mass destruction, with dire consequences for peace, security and stability From the middle east region.
We recall that Cuba is a state party to 44 International Human Rights Instruments, while the United States is only 18, so we have a lot to show, say, and defend.
In confirming the decision to re-establish diplomatic relations, Cuba and the united states ratified the intention to develop respectful and cooperative links between the two peoples and governments, based on the principles and purposes enshrined in the charter of the United Nations. In his statement, issued on 1 July 2015, the revolutionary government of Cuba reaffirmed that " these relationships must be based on absolute respect for our independence and sovereignty; the inalienable right of every state to choose the political system, Economic, social and cultural, without interference in any way; and sovereign equality and reciprocity, which constitute inalienable principles of international law ", as endorsed by the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, signed by the chiefs State and government of the community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), at its second summit in Havana. Cuba has not renounced these principles or renounced.
The Government of Cuba reiterates its willingness to continue respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of mutual interest and the negotiation of bilateral issues pending with the United States government. In the last two years it has been demonstrated that the two countries, as the president of the councils of state and ministers, general of the army Raúl Castro Ruz, has repeatedly stated, can co-operate and live in civilized terms, respecting the differences and promoting all that To benefit both nations and peoples, but it must not be expected that Cuba will make concessions inherent in its sovereignty and independence, or accept conditionalities of any kind.
Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba, whether it seeks to achieve it through pressures and impositions, or using more subtle methods, will be doomed to failure.
The changes that are needed in Cuba, such as those made since 1959 and those we are now taking as part of the process of updating our economic and social model, will continue to be decided by the Cuban people.
As we have done since the triumph of the 1st. From January 1959, we will assume any risk and will continue to be firm and secure in the construction of a, independent, socialist, Democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation.