UN / CUBA EMBARGO

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With 189 member states voting in favour and two votes against, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling on the United States of America (US) to lift its embargo on Cuba. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 01 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

01 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Wide shot, Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla at the GA podium
4. Med shot, US delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cuba:
“The blockade is a flagrant, massive, and systematic violation of the human rights of Cuban men and women. It has been and continues to be a fundamental burden to the aspirations of wellbeing and prosperity for several generations. These policies also have a detrimental effect on Cubans living in the United States. The blockade is oppressive as well for the citizens of the United States, whose freedom to travel to Cuba is unjustly and arbitrarily limited, the only place in the planet where they are not allowed to travel.”
6. Med shot, US delegation
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cuba:
“The government of the United States does not have the least moral authority to criticize Cuba or anybody in the subject of human rights. We reject the reiterated manipulation of these rights for political ends and the double standards that they habitually apply.”
8. Various shots, audience applause
9. Wide shot, Ambassador Nikki Haley of the United States at the General Assembly podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Those who support this resolution every year have it wrong. Our reason for the embargo is and has always been Cuba’s denial of freedom and the denial of the most basic human rights for the Cuban people. The United States will continue to stand with the Cuban people until their rights and their freedoms are restored.”
11. Med shot, Cuban delegation
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The United Nations does not have the ability or the authority to end the United States’ embargo of Cuba. But the United Nations has the unique ability to send a moral message to the Cuban dictatorship. We should use our megaphone to do something that has the potential to actually improve the lives of the Cuban people.”
13. Med shot, Cuban delegation
14. SOUND UP (Spanish) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President General Assembly:
“Those in favour, against, or abstaining on draft resolution A/71/L.3 please cast your vote.”
15. Various shots, voting boards
16. Med shot, Cuban delegation

STORYLINE:

With 189 member states voting in favour and two votes against, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) today (01 Nov) overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling on the United States of America (US) to lift its embargo on Cuba.

Ahead of the vote, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, told the GA that “the blockade is a flagrant, massive, and systematic violation of the human rights of Cuban men and women.”

He said the embargo “has been and continues to be a fundamental burden to the aspirations of wellbeing and prosperity for several generations” and “these policies also have a detrimental effect on Cubans living in the United States.”

Parrilla added that “the blockade is oppressive as well for the citizens of the United States, whose freedom to travel to Cuba is unjustly and arbitrarily limited, the only place in the planet where they are not allowed to travel.”

Cuba’s Foreign Minister said, “the government of the United States does not have the least moral authority to criticize Cuba or anybody in the subject of human rights” and rejected “the reiterated manipulation of these rights for political ends and the double standards that they habitually apply.”

In her address to the GA, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “those who support this resolution every year have it wrong,” pointing out that the reason for the embargo “is and has always been Cuba’s denial of freedom and the denial of the most basic human rights for the Cuban people.”

She said the United States “will continue to stand with the Cuban people until their rights and their freedoms are restored.”

Haley noted that the United Nations “does not have the ability or the authority to end the United States’ embargo of Cuba,” but stressed that member states have “the unique ability to send a moral message to the Cuban dictatorship.”

This is the 27th time the GA has adopted a resolution calling on the US to end the embargo.

This year, the US had proposed nine amendments to the resolution, but the UN General Assembly voted against them.
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