statement calling for global solidarity in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic, not sanctions and war
International Solidarity, Not Sanctions and War
In the face of the COVID-19 global health pandemic, PhilCuba joins the international community in calling for the end to the blockades imposed by the US government on Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and other sovereign countries.
This pandemic has been wreaking havoc among millions of people all over the world, and has resulted in a staggering number of deaths—counting hundreds of thousands, and also economic disruptions due to necessary lock-downs and quarantines.
We call on the US government, on humanitarian grounds, to lift its unilateral blockades against Cuba, Venezuela and Iran—countries which we know are suffering the most from the direst of sanctions applied by the US government. Access to everything necessary -- food essentials, medical supplies and funding -- that the blockaded countries need to defeat COVID-19 should not be denied at this critical time.
It is immoral and unconscionable, in fact criminal, on the part of the US government to continue imposing these blockades. The COVID-19 pandemic is a death sentence made more unimaginably cruel to the populations of these blockaded states and that of other sanctioned countries. In effect, these countries are denied full access to humanitarian medical support and access to resources to fight the disease and rebuild their already battered economies.
However, notwithstanding the blockade, Cuba continues to send, in the spirit of internationalism, Cuban medical teams to assist distressed countries in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic calls for global cooperation and solidarity to share the most effective methods of treatment of the disease and to develop a vaccine that shall vanquish COVID-19 once and for all.
Therefore, we appeal to the international community, through the United Nations, to act accordingly and put an end to the continued perpetration of the genocidal blockades by the U.S. government against the peoples of Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and other sanctioned nations.
End the blockades imposed by the U.S. and its allies against Cuba, Venezuela, Iran!
Lift all sanctions against countries in this time of humanitarian crisis! (#)
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