WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
1 Nov 2017 | Press Release

U.S. Stands Alone Defending Failed Cuba Embargo at United Nations

Washington, D.C. — Today, the United States voted against a United Nations (UN) resolution calling for the end to the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, reversing last year’s landmark abstention. For 26 years now, the UN General Assembly, including allies in Latin America, has voted to condemn the embargo. The U.S. government is virtually isolated in maintaining this decades-old policy, which has turned the United States into an outlier at odds with closest allies.

WOLA’s Senior Associate for Cuba, Marguerite Rose Jiménez says:

“The UN vote is another unfortunate example of how the Trump administration is taking the U.S. relationship with Cuba backwards. Virtually no other nation on earth supports the U.S. position on this issue and with good reason. The embargo is an outdated and failed foreign policy that has only served to isolate the United States internationally and punish the Cuban people.”