The Latin American and Caribbean Parliament, also known as Parlatino, passed a resolution rejecting the strengthening of the United States' blockade against Cuba, condemning it as a violation of the Cuban people's human rights and calling on all member nations to bolster opposition to the aggressive policy.
“The blockade is the greatest violation of the Cuban people's human rights that they face, and the main obstacle Cuba faces in its development,” the resolution reads.
The resolution calls on the United States to end the blockade, and exhorts all governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen international pressures to end the harmful policy against the Cuban people.
The parliament emphasized that the blockade has been repeatedly and widely rejected by the international community, including by previous sessions of Parlatino, as well as by the United Nations General Assembly which has passed 25 resolutions rejecting the blockade since 1992.
Parlatino is a regional body bringing together the national parliaments of the various sovereign nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and emphasizes the principles of nonintervention, and self-determination in the political and economic affairs of member nations.
Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump announced a strengthening of the economic and travel restrictions that have been imposed on Cuba by the United States for half a century.
The blockade, which intended to economically and politically isolate Cuba following their socialist revolution, was eased slightly by Trump's predescessor, Barack Obama, although Trump has now largely undone those changes toward normalization.