UN Calls on U.S. to Lift Blockades on Current Pandemic

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Havana, Mar 24 (ACN) Michel Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, today called on the United States government to lift economic sanctions against countries such as Cuba and Venezuela, in the midst of the pandemic situation caused by the new coronavirus that is affecting the planet.

The diplomat expressed the need to remove all barriers that prevent the proper confrontation of COVID-19 around the world, especially in nations that still suffer economic blockades and bans imposed by the United States, mainly Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and Syria, the official website of the United Nations (UN) said.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, on his Twitter profile, praised the High Commissioner’s call on this hostile policy, imposed on his country by successive U.S. administrations almost 60 years ago.

“I welcome the statements made by High Commissioner #DDHH @mbachelet, who joins the universal and urgent demand of the international community to alleviate or suspend sanctions and blockades before #COVID19 in view of the cruel impacts on the health sector and human rights. | #NoMoreBlockade”, tweeted the Cuban Foreign Minister.

In this regard, UN Secretary General António Guterres recently said that “more than ever, we need solidarity, hope and political will to overcome this crisis together,” and urged all world leaders to meet and offer a “joint and coordinated” response to the crisis unleashed by the pandemic.

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