“Cuba does not fear lies, nor does it bow to pressures, conditionalities or impositions, wherever they come from. It defends itself with the truth, which always, sooner rather than later, wins out.”
The words of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz could not have been more appropriate then, and are particularly relevant today, when the U.S. government is again set on defaming Cuba.
On October 16, the U.S. staged a show in the hall of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with the consent of the international organization, to launch the “Jailed for what?” campaign against Cuba.
The aim of this mockery of foreign diplomacy and the authority of a body such as the UN, was none other than to promote an image of Cuba as an alleged human rights violator, in order to justify the prolonged economic and commercial blockade against the island.
The justification for the farce was the alleged existence of “political prisoners” in Cuba, whose human rights are violated. But these are nothing more than utterly misleading allegations to try to silence the Cuban people, and tarnish the efforts of our society.
The October 16 performance, a show which, as expected, lacked spectators, was led by Ambassador Kelley E. Currie, representative of the United States on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, responsible for the central remarks of the attack. Alongside her was Michael Kozak, senior official of the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Affairs, one of the bodies that receives and redirects the most funds for subversive actions against Cuba. Kozak was head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in the late 1990s.
They were joined by Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), always on hand when his masters in Washington call on him; and the Executive Director of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, Carlos Quesada, along with the counterrevolutionary Alejandro González Raga. What could be expected from such an “eloquent” conclave?
Several regrettable incidents followed. The United Nations Webcast at no point during the meeting focused on Cuba’s representative to the international organization, AmbassadorAnayansi Rodríguez Camejo, who despite requesting to speak several times, was denied the floor. UN security removed those who expressed their rejection of the U.S. campaign from the room. The fervent condemnation of the Cuban delegation could be heard in the background of the hall, where the United States plagued the UN with lies.
What the United States attempted appeared almost a comedy. How dare the U.S. government speak of human rights violations when it commits torture in jails like those in Iraq or Guantánamo? When it forcefully separates children from their immigrant parents; when it encourages the use of guns, which have taken the lives of many adolescents in its own schools.
Washington is running out of pretexts, and what happened October 16 in the UN was a sign of its desperation, its lack of arguments. The U.S. knows that the biggest and most flagrant violation of human rights is the blockade, which it imposes on Cubans. It should not attempt to divert attention, to go from the accused to the accuser. It has not managed to defeat Cuba with the blockade, nor with its threats, lies, or defamatory campaigns.