Worldwide Campaign for One Million Signatures to Remove Cuba from U.S. List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Artists, intellectuals, political leaders, people's movements, trade unions, and political parties from around the world have joined together in a historic campaign to call on U.S. President Joe Biden to remove Cuba from his country's so-called state sponsors of terrorism list.

The convening organizations of this campaign, the International Peoples' Assembly (IPA), ALBA Movimientos, Foro de São Paulo, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Jornada Continental por la Democracia y Contra el Neoliberalismo, World March of Women, Continental Latin American and Caribbean Network in Solidarity with Cuba, and La Vía Campesina, seek to collect more than one million signatures on a letter addressed to Biden asking that Cuba be removed from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism. The letter will be delivered to Biden on the occasion of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated on December 10.

The letter states that Cuba's inclusion on the list, "makes it much harder for Cuba to make transactions using international banking systems and acquire necessary goods on the international market, such as fuel, food, construction supplies, hygiene products, and medicine."

Chico Buarque, renowned Brazilian musician, Citlalli Hernandez, Senator and Secretary General of the Mexican MORENA party, Peter Mertens, President of the Belgian Workers' Party, Judith Butler, feminist scholar, and Evo Morales, former Bolivian President, have already added their signatures to the campaign.

Ernesto Samper, former Colombian president, and one of the signatories of the campaign declared: "Biden must take Cuba off the list, because Biden understood with President Obama that unilateral sanctions at the international level are illegal, immoral, and inhumane and that is why they initiated a historic process of normalization of relations between the two countries that could have been the beginning of the end of the blockade."

To learn more, visit campaign website, which contains all the information on the process.

(International Peoples' Assembly, August 11, 2023)

This article was published in
Volume 53 Number 9 - September 2023

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