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Lift the Blockade and Grant Cuba Immediate Aid
Petition Background (Preamble):
Nor are we told that the recovery programme is made hugely more expensive and problematic because of the hypocritical US economic blockade of the country. For some reason, Cuban's 'human rights failings' (which includes presumably their ability to cope with these hurricanes with less loss of life than any of the other countries afflicted, including the US) means that this small but significant country, must be punished further, now that they have been punished so severely by the politically indifferent hurricanes.
And to top it all in terms of hypocrisy, they are forced to host the most extraordinary abuse of human rights currently in existence: Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre.
Cuban artists and intellectuals have put out a request to their international colleagues to call on the US to lift the economic blockade, so that building materials etc can be bought from the US, rather than be shipped form Europe or Canada. It seems to me, a reasonable request.
The site for signing is here
But we can go further: to request the NZ Government to grant aid to Cuba, and to also request that the blockade be lifted.
Let us, as a national grouping, assert solidarity.
The initiating sponsors of the petition are; Jean Betts, Russell Campbell, Mark Derby, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Wanjiku Kiarie, Paul Maunder, Dean Parker, Rolando Olmedo, Martyn Sanderson
Campaign coordinator Paul Maunder
Contact NZ Cuba Friendship Society
As artists and intellectuals we have been pleased to add our names to the international petition organised by our Cuban colleagues, in which they call for the US to lift the economic blockade of their country, so that the huge task of restoring their infrastructure can take place without the additional costs caused by that rather senseless and vindictive embargo.
We would go further, as a national grouping, and call on the NZ Government:
(i) to actively urge the US to lift the blockade,
(ii) to grant Cuba immediate aid,
(iii) and to be willing to support NGO agencies in the usual manner, if any wish to activate an aid programme with Cuba.
The Lift the Blockade and Grant Cuba Immediate Aid petition to artists, intellectuals and cultural workers was written by NZ Not for Sale Campaign and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: lift the blockade and grant cuba immediate aid