NNOC Statement on Travel Restrictions

Jun 11, 2019 by

The United States’ June 4 announcement ending “people to people” educational group travel and cruise ship travel to Cuba continues the Trump policy of punishing countries that insist on their rights to sovereignty and self-determination. This change was predicted in Bolton’s April 17 Miami address to Bay of Pigs mercenaries.

Each restriction imposed by the U.S. negatively impacts the ability and rights of people of both nations to interact in respectful and meaningful ways. It is directed at strangling the Cuban economy. Regarding the extraterritorial nature of the blockade, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez wrote: “It is the main obstacle to our development and a flagrant violation of the human rights of all Cubans.”

The National Network On Cuba (NNOC) joins many national and international organizations in condemning this most recent assault as well as all of the U.S. actions against not only Cuba but the region’s other nations. We also reiterate our confidence in the will of the Cuban people to withstand this latest violation of the rights of travel and interchanges between Cubans and people from the U.S. Cuba has persisted and developed despite 60 plus years of U.S. campaigns of aggression and hostility. Cuba has earned the admiration and respect of the peoples of the world due to its generosity in areas of health, education, and human relations.

We call on the people of the United States to join us in our demand that elected officials act now to end this policy and all restrictions on travel, especially the thousands who have travelled to Cuba on “people to people” educational trips, and the 800,000 whose cruise plans were ripped up. It is a disgrace that people from the United States are denied the fundamental rights of travel and association.

We, the people of the United States will continue to travel to Cuba and to advocate for an end to ALL travel restrictions. Representatives of the Cuban government are warmly welcomed across this country. City Councils, State Legislatures and other elected representatives have passed and are planning to pass resolutions calling on Congress to end the blockade of Cuba. Poll after poll show that even in Florida, the people of the U.S. want normalized relations with Cuba.

It is time to end the blockade and allow Cuba to develop in its own way and according to its own decisions; not as dictated by 60 years of U.S. administrations.

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