Cuba Politics

United Nations votes 185 to 3 against US Embargo on Cuba

Posted October 29, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

The United Nations General Assembly has voted in favor of a resolution requesting that the United States repeal its forty seven year old trade embargo against the island nation of Cuba.

The 192 member world body voted 185 in favor, three against with two abstentions. Last year, the vote was 184 to four with one country abstaining from voting. The resolution is nonbinding and has had no impact on U.S. policy in past years.

Felipe Perez Roque said the issue will need to be addressed by the next US President and will need to reconsider US Cuba policy.

The actual draft resolution is for the sixty-third session was officially agenda item number nineteen and is written as follows with the title Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba:

The General Assembly,

Determined to encourage strict compliance with the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations,

Reaffirming, among other principles, the sovereign equality of States, non-intervention and non-interference in their internal affairs and freedom of international trade and navigation, which are also enshrined in many international legal instruments,

Recalling the statements of the Heads of State or Government at the Ibero-American Summits concerning the need to eliminate unilateral application of economic and trade measures by one State against another that affect the free flow of international trade,

Concerned at the continued promulgation and application by Member States of laws and regulations, such as that promulgated on 12 March 1996 known as the “Helms-Burton Act”, the extraterritorial effects of which affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities or persons under their jurisdiction and the freedom of trade and navigation,

Taking note of declarations and resolutions of different intergovernmental forums, bodies and Governments that express the rejection by the international community and public opinion of the promulgation and application of measures of the kind referred to above,

Recalling its resolutions 47/19 of 24 November 1992, 48/16 of 3 November 1993, 49/9 of 26 October 1994, 50/10 of 2 November 1995, 51/17 of 12 November 1996, 52/10 of 5 November 1997, 53/4 of 14 October 1998, 54/21 of 9 November 1999, 55/20 of 9 November 2000, 56/9 of 27 November 2001, 57/11 of 12 November 2002, 58/7 of 4 November 2003, 59/11 of 28 October 2004, 60/12 of 8 November 2005, 61/11 of 8 November 2006 and 62/3 of 30 October 2007,
Concerned that, since the adoption of its resolutions 47/19, 48/16, 49/9, 50/10, 51/17, 52/10, 53/4, 54/21, 55/20, 56/9, 57/11, 58/7, 59/11, 60/12, 61/11 and 62/3, further measures of that nature aimed at strengthening and extending the economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba continue to be promulgated and applied, and concerned also at the adverse effects of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries,

1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 62/3;1

2. Reiterates its call upon all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures of the kind referred to in the preamble to the present resolution, in conformity with their obligations under the Charter of the United Nations and international law, which, inter alia, reaffirm the freedom of trade and navigation;

3. Once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime;

4. Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the appropriate organs and agencies of the United Nations system, to prepare a report on the implementation of the present resolution in the light of the purposes and principles of the Charter and international law and to submit it to the General Assembly at its sixty-fourth session;

5. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-fourth session the item entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.


If you would like to read the 112 page report, you can read all the official comments from about two hundred countries concerning the US Embargo against Cuba.

The General Assembly requested this report on the implementation of the resolution in the light of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law for this sixty-third session.

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Member Comments

On October 29, 2008, publisher wrote:

I am trying to find out which countries voted in against the resolution. If you find out, please post here.

On October 29, 2008, manfredz wrote:

The United States, Israel, Palau voted against the resolution, and Micronesia and Marshall Islands abstained.  
According to:

I believe last year these same 3 and the Marshall islands voted against the resolution to maake the 4.

On October 29, 2008, MiamiCuban wrote:

I believe that last time they voted it was Israel and the Marshall Islands who voted against lifting the embargo, so my guess is that it’s probably the same two—don’t know who the third would be.  So I guess this is democracy in action—-minority rules.

On October 29, 2008, publisher wrote:

Thanks for posting that info about the votes. I would think we would have more friends than that in the UN but I guess not when it comes to the Embargo.

President Bush probably used up a lot of the US political capital with the whole WMD in Iraq pitch.

On October 30, 2008, edward wrote:

Just goes to show what a shower the emabargo is. It becomes more and more apparent that it’s only purpose is an almost hysterical and response to the fact that the “commies” are but a few miles away. The US virtually stands on it’s own with this prejudiced view of Cuba and indeed, the world.

The embargo simply has not and will never work.  More worryingly is the US’s disregard for almost every other right thinking member state. The United Nations should be a united force for good, it’s obvious that the US has no respect for the views of other countries foreign policies. This is precisly why it is time for change and that right wing americans should be worried. Also, it says a lot that Israel, that other right wing country that respects it’s neighbours voted against the resolution.

On October 31, 2008, Cubana wrote:

Israel votes with the US because without US subsidies it would not exist.

On October 31, 2008, manfredz wrote:

i dont think its so much a factor of US subsidies, i think its more a case of American retaliation if Israel is attacked.