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New report on the US blockade expresses the voices of Cubans affected by this policy

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 12 (ACN) A new report on the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government on Cuba was presented today at the Center for Research on the World Economy (CIEM by its Spanish acronym), in Havana, with the particularity that it makes visible the Cubans directly affected by that hostile policy.

"A blockade that denies rights, Cubans speak out" is the result of the Center's collaboration with the international confederation OXFAM, also enriched with the report "Right to live without a blockade. Impacts of U.S. sanctions on the Cuban population and the lives of women", presented last May, said Ramon Pichs, director of the CIEM.

The text published Friday is the fruit of the research carried out by these institutions from April 2019 to March 2020, and evidences the negative impacts of that genocidal policy in the country, mainly on women.

In addition, it differentiates the results of the change produced with the administrations of Barack Obama -limited modifications but of positive sign-, and the setback experienced during the mandate of Donald Trump, aggravated during the COVID-19 period.

Pichs referred to the long history of the blockade and its repercussions on the Cuban people, especially in times of greater vulnerability due to the current pandemic, when it had an impact on the rising costs of obtaining medicines and vaccines against the disease.

He also repudiated the U.S. government's systematic attack on Cuban cooperation in health and expressed how the expectations of President Joe Biden's administration to minimize these sanctions have been shattered.

For her part, Elena Gentili, OXFAM's representative in Cuba, noted the increase in inequalities and the damage to the standard of living of Cubans as a consequence of the blockade, which limits the rights of the population and the empowerment of citizens.

She added that this report constitutes a tool for constructing diverse narratives of that reality in a more updated way with this context.

And Johana Tablada, deputy director general for the United States of the Cuban foreign ministry, considered that a study on the behavior of the U.S. administration and its extreme violations of international law and its own laws through the imposition of excessive economic costs on this country and the aggressive harassment strengthened in the midst of a sanitary emergency is still pending.

At the end of the report, a series of suggestions are offered to the United States that would contribute to creating the minimum conditions for rapprochement with the situation existing at the end of former President Obama's term of office, and on that basis, to resume actions of greater scope, with a view to the elimination of the blockade and the normalization of bilateral relations.

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