10/17/13- Prensa Latina (Habana) - Parliaments of America Assembly Condemns U.S. Blockade on Cuba
Brasilia, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) The 12th General Assembly of
Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA in Spanish) approved here
today a Declaration condemning the economic and financial blockade imposed
over half a century ago by the United States against Cuba.
In its meeting held in the headquarters of the Legislative of the Federal
District of Brasilia, parliament members of the Americas refuted the
negative effects of that hostile policy on the health of the Cuban people.
Presented by the Comisión of Health and Social Protection of COPA, the
Declaration deplores the damages caused by this blockade, which deplores
the right to health, recognized by the World Health Organization and other
The document highlights this policy of extraterritorial reach, burdens the
acquisition of pharmaceuticals, chemical reactives, spare parts and
chirurgical instruments, necessary and indispensable to guarantee free
health care to the islandÂ?s population.
Such restrictions, violating human rights and laws of the United Nations,
also compel the Cuban government to spend more money to buy pharmaceuticals
and sanitary products, reveals the text.
The U.S. blockade also imposes restrictions to scientific and doctors
exchange with other nations and prevents the island from accessing credits
and donations to international financial organizations, says the
Declaration approved by consensus.
During this 12th Assembly, parliament members of legislative organs of the
Americas approved several resolutions, among them the one that ratifies the
Treaty on Arms Trade and another demanding the universal right of peoples
to drinking water.
It was also ratified that Cuba will continue in the presidency of the
Comisión of Health and Social Protection and the Vicepresidency of COPA for
the Caribbean region.
The meeting was attended by parliament members of this continent and on the
Cuban side by deputy Aixa Hevia.
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