191 Nations call for an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba… so should you!
On October 27th, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution titled Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America. In the weeks before the voting, there had been speculation that this year the United States would abstain from voting. Since the vote in 2014, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, with the mediation of Pope Francis, have made changes in U.S. - Cuba policy. However, the United States didn’t abstain from voting. Instead, it demanded that more recognition of the progress made in Cuban-U.S. relations be included in the text of the resolution by Cuba.
Nonetheless, 2015 marks the 24th consecutive year the United Nations has supported Cuba’s resolution, as well as being the strongest and most decisive year for this resolution. Of the 193 nations in the General Assembly, only two voted against it: The United States and Israel. 191 countries voted in favor of ending the embargo and there were no abstentions nor absences. Despite the fact that 191 nations supported Cuba’s call to end the embargo, the United Nations General Assembly resolutions are non-binding. Finally ending the embargo is in the hands of the United States’ Congress… and in ours! Now is the time to reach out to all members of Congress and call for a change.
Please, follow these instructions by the Latin American Working Group (LAWG), to learn how you can call, email, send a letter, or even use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to reach out to members of Congress to co-sponsor bills aimed at ending the embargo. Currently, there are two bills in the House of Representatives: the first is The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 (HR664) and second is The Cuba Trade Act of 2015 (HR 3238). Also, there are two bills in the Senate: The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 (S299) and the Freedom to export to Cuba (S491).
This year has seen historic changes in U.S. - Cuba relations however more work is needed to end sanctions that cause suffering in Cuba. Join us to work to finally end the embargo!
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