The designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terror has hindered its ability to combat the pandemic and reboot its economy. Biden could help alleviate the country’s financial and commercial restrictions with a stroke of a pen.
One year after the July 11th protests in Cuba, Biden continues to embrace policies that punish the Cuban people. On top of failing to repeal all of Donald Trump’s 243 coercive measures, Biden has not lifted Cuba’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation. Biden could help alleviate Cuba’s financial and commercial restrictions with a stroke of a pen.
By being on this list, Cuba is subjected to a series of sanctions and international financial restrictions that limit the nation’s ability to carry out critical financial transactions, including those needed to advance its efforts to combat the pandemic and reboot its economy.
Cuba was removed from the list during the Obama-Biden administration but was added again by the Trump administration, citing that Cuba was purportedly providing a haven for Colombian insurgents, but these insurgents were in Cuba because of the island’s role in facilitating the historic Peace Accords. Cuba is on the State Sponsor of Terrorism list for refusing to violate peace negotiation protocols by denying Colombia’s request for the extradition of National Liberation Army leaders who were stranded in Havana.
Cuba’s designation of Cuba as a sponsor of terror is cynical and hypocritical. Unlike the US, Cuba does not export weapons. Instead, it has a long history of providing healthcare and saving lives around the world, sending more than 600,000 Cuban health workers all around the world to provide medical services.
If Biden’s administration cared about the well-being of the Cuban people, he would take Cuba off the State Sponsor of Terrorism list!
In radical solidarity,
Samantha, Teri, Michelle and Medea